This year was a big one for unearthing secrets from the past.
In 2017 archaeologists made a number of exciting discoveries that helped advance our understanding of how people lived in the past. These intriguing finds serve to flesh out what we already know about ancient cultures and provide concrete evidence of the activities of peoples whose lives have been obscured by the passage of time.
Archaeologists discovered the site of the ancient fishing village of Bethsaida, home to the apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. The excavation site is located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee
In a 3rd-century church in Syria, a fresco was determined to be the oldest depiction of the Mary ever found. It has always been considered a depiction of the Samaritan woman who speaks with Jesus beside Jacob’s well (John 4:1–42).
New scientific evidence dates Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sephulchre to the time of Roman emperor Constantine. History tells us that first Christian leader built a temple over Jesus’ burial site. The find is significant because until now the earliest architectural evidence found in and around the tomb dated only to the Crusader period.