An 800 Year-Old Lead Seal Stamped by the Monastery of St. Sabas

Seal of Mar Sabas
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Tuesday  27/5/2014. An 800 Year-Old Lead Seal Stamped by the Monastery of St. Sabas. Was Found in Archaeological Excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Bayit VeGan Quarter in Jerusalem.  Archaeologists believe a farmstead discovered during excavations may have been part of the monastery’s property during the Crusader Period. A rare seal of the Monastery of St. Sabas was excavated in the Bayit VeGan quarter inJerusalem. The seal was unearthed a year and a half ago, but it was only after processing and studying the material that it was identified as a unique seal that was stamped by the laura – the Monastery of St. Sabas.  During the summer of 2012 the IAA conducted two archaeological salvage excavations at the Horbat Mizmil antiquities site in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood inJerusalem. These revealed the remains of a farmstead constructed during the Byzantine period (fifth–sixth centuries CE). The site, was abandoned at the end of the Byzantine period, and resettled during the Crusader period (eleventh–twelfth centuries CE), reaching its maximum size during the Mamluk period (thirteenth–fifteenth centuries CE).
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