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An ornate mosaic floor from a Byzantine monastery was unveiled on Tuesday in the Israeli Northern Negev Desert. Inscriptions in both Greek and Syriac, helped archaeologists date the mosaics back to the 6th century AD. (April 1)

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Hura, Israel - April 1, 2014

1. Wide of mosaic block

2. Wide of mosaic floor

3. Wide pan across archaeological site

4. Mid travelling shot of mosaic floor, ending at mosaic inscription

5. Close of mosaic depicting birds, leaves and floral motifs

6. Pan right across mosaic inscription

7. Mid of mosaic inscription

8. Wide of mosaic floor, including inscription

9. Wide of mosaic surrounded by stone

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An ornate mosaic floor from a Byzantine monastery was unveiled on Tuesday in the Israeli Northern Negev Desert.

Colorful birds, leaves and floral motifs adorn the Byzantine mosaic and inscriptions in both Greek and Syriac, helped archaeologists date the mosaics back to the 6th century AD.

The discovery was made by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) during excavations prior to the construction of an interchange in the area.

They said the building, found near the Byzantine settlement of Horbat Hur, is one in a series of monasteries.

The monastery, including the mosaics, will now be re-located to the Wadi 'Attir project near Hura.

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