Israeli soldiers accidentally damaged the remains of a 5th-century monastery during army activities. The site is now restored and preserved.
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A Byzantine nunnery dedicated to the biblical Hannah has been discovered in central Israel for the second time. Estimated to be at least 1500 years old, the convent was first accidentally discovered in 2002 when the army was building a road in the foothills east of Shoham. Now, a small area of the Horbat Hani site (also known by the Arabic local name of Buri El-Hanaya), located inside a military zone, had been unintentionally damaged by army activity, according to a press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority.