Farmers clearing land in Israel unearthed the remains of a church building from the Byzantine period.
The church is believed to have been built in the late fifth or sixth century, and is decorated with “breathtakingly beautiful mosaics,” according to a description from the Israel Antiquities Authority…
In a nutshell, the Byzantines were the eastern half of the Roman Empire following the collapse of Rome and the western half in the 5th century A.D.
Christianity existed throughout the Byzantine world, although it was significantly corrupted from its simple 1st century forms. This recently discovered church, while beautiful, illustrates how Christianity was shifting from its original spiritual focus to one of evolving physical grandeur.
On a side note, it is said that everyone in Israel is an amateur archaeologist. It is literally true that some ancient relic or site may be discovered almost anywhere in the country.