Mike Aquilina

Patristic Digs

Tuesday February 16th 2010, 5:22 pm

I’m behind in posting archeological news, and there’s plenty of it, from all corners of the world of the Fathers.

In Egypt, archeologists exploring under “the world’s oldest monastery” found “a cell for monks dating back to 400 AD with paintings in the ancient Coptic language.” Restoration is under way.

Israel has uncovered an ancient wine press as well as a Byzantine-era road.

Turkey is restoring a Roman-era church (dates are confusing in the story … lost in translation).

Syria has turned up a cave with evidence of Roman-era habitation. These were often hideaway worship spaces.