BAR 34:04, Jul/Aug 2008
A Byzantine Church at Archelais
Three layers of mosaic floor were found adorning a Byzantine basilical church. The lowest layer was simple and white, followed by a colored mosaic layer with geometric designs. The top layer, shown here, was more fanciful, with colored geometric and floral motifs, flowers and vases and dedicatory inscriptions.
The church was entered through a columned narthex leading into the nave (1). A bema, a raised platform, separated the nave from the apse where the altar stood. A stone cross found at the site (2) probably once sat on the roof high atop the church.
“Lord, remember Lukas the …