Bible Archaeology

Hirbet Midras Vandalized

Terrible news:

Just reported by Ynet (in Hebrew), Hirbet Midras, the site of the Byzantine church in the Ella Valley with the incredible mosaic floors, uncovered just two months ago and visited by tens of thousands of people was deliberately and brutally vandalized Wednesday night. The Antiquities Authority had made considerable effort to prepare the site and had decided to leave the mosaics uncovered so that people could visit and see them. The supervisor and archaeologist in charge, Alon Klein of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Crime Prevention unit was shocked to find the destruction this morning when he arrived at the site.

“Someone took a hammer and attacked the mosaic, digging them up in a large number of spots. A person hiking in the park had reported the damage. The mosaic looks like it has been hit by mortar shelling. It’s a sad sight, heart breaking. The mosaics suffered serious damage as a result of brutal vandalism. ” said Klein…

I blogged on the site here (with photos of the mosaic) and bemoaned it’s closure:

Instead of archaeological excavation, they’re covering up the site. This is so sad

Still saying, they should have developed and protected the place, not left it open to vandalism.

One thought on “Hirbet Midras Vandalized

  1. One of the excavation supervisors of the site is also the chief of the preventing antiquities robbery unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
    I will not be surprised to learn that the damage to the mosaic was purposely made by one of his many enemies.

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