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House site from time of Jesus found

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House site from time of Jesus found
right,Marc Hodan, Coordinator of the International Center of Marie de Nazareth gives details an excavation site, uncovered by Israeli archeologists, of a house dating to the times of Jesus in Nazareth, December 22, 2009. The Jesus era house is located beside the Church of Annunciation where Christians believe the angel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to the Christ child. The discovery of the ancient house from the time of Jesus is the first of its kind in the Holy Land. UPI/Debbie Hill | License Photo

NAZARETH, Israel, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Archeologists in the Holy Land say they have uncovered a home in Nazareth, Israel, not seen since the time of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.

A rock-hewn cistern and pottery shards were found on the dig site, which is part of the construction of the new International Marian Center near the Church of the Annunciation.

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The site was built on several times since the time of Jesus, who according to the Bible's New Testament, was conceived by his mother, Mary, in the village of Nazareth and born in Bethlehem 2,009 years ago.

"Until now a number of tombs from the time of Jesus were found in Nazareth; however, no settlement remains have been discovered that are attributed to this period," said Yardenna Alexandre, who led the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The Association of Mary of Nazareth, which is building the Marian Center, plans to preserve the excavation site as part of the center, Alexandre said.

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