Byzantine era artifacts on display in Israel (10 images)

Ancient Byzantine era artifacts, unearthed last June in a village west of Jerusalem, are on display by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Beit Shemesh. The items offer a window to life in Holy Land during the time of Jesus, a period during the first centuries AD, as Christianity first began to spread.
Updated: March 20, 2017 at 1:25 PM
Artifacts with crosses from the Byzantine Empire era (Seventh century) are displayed during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Archeologist Annette Landes-Nagar displays ancient bronze coins from the Byzantine Empire era (Seventh century) which were found last June during excavations near the Israeli Arab village Abu Gosh on the road to Jerusalem, during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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An oil lamp from the Early Islamic Period is displayed during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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The Israel Antiquities Authority displays bonrze pendents from the Byzantine Empire era (Seventh century) during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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An artifact with a Jewish menorah is displayed during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Artifacts from the First Century, 100 AD, found in Jerusalem are displayed during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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The Magdala Stone is displayed during a press tour in the National Treasures Storerooms of the Israel Antiquity Authority in Beit Shemesh, Israel, March 19, 2017. The stone features intricate carvings on each side, including a seven-branched menorah associated with the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. The stone was found during excavations in Migdal, the village of Mary of Magdala, on the Sea of Galilee shores where archaeologists believe they've found a first century synagogue. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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