Important ancient inscription unearthed
During groundwork this summer for communication cable infrastructures near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem a 1500 year old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription was uncovered.
This exciting and surprising inscription mentions the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and The director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority said that “ the fact that the inscription survived is and archaeological miracle. Every archaeologist dreams of finding and inscriptions in their excavations, especially one so well preserved and almost entirely intact.”
An expert on ancient Greek inscriptions Dr. Leah Di Segni, of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem deciphered the inscription which reads. -
In the time of our most pious emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction".
According to Dr Segni the inscription commemorates the founding of the building by Constantine, the priest and names the emperor Flavius Justinian and dates back to the year 550/551 A.D. She also explained that “Indiction” is an ancient method of counting years for taxation purposes.
The newly discovered ancient inscription was removed from its site by Israel Antiquities Authority experts and is being treated in their mosaic workshop in Jerusalem.
Photos & Clip Credit: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority