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1,500-year-old church found in Israel

Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks.Full story

The booming business of buried treasure

  An estimated 20,000 sites are being excavated for treasure according to the Israeli antiquities authority. NBC’s Keith Miller reports.

Ancient Samaritan synagogue unearthed in Israel

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of a 1,500-year-old synagogue near the city of Beit Shean in the Jordan Valley, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday. Full story

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