Israel mosque find: Archaeologists unearth 1,200-year-old ruins in desert

An ancient mosque found in the Israeli desertImage copyright GETTY IMAGES. The mosque was found in the Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert

 

One of the world's earliest known mosques, built around 1,200 years ago, has been discovered by archaeologists in Israel's Negev Desert.

The remains, dating from the 7th or 8th century, were found in the Bedouin town of Rahat.

Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) says the mosque was unearthed during building work in the area.

The ruins of a mosque found in IsraelImage copyright ISRAEL'S ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY The mosque was found during building work

 

Muslims pray at the site of an ancient mosque in IsraelImage copyright GETTY IMAGES Muslims pray at the newly discovered remains

 

It is the first known mosque from this period in the area, rivalling the age of those found in Mecca and Jerusalem, the IAA said.

Excavation directors Jon Seligman and Shahar Zur said the mosque would be "a rare discovery anywhere in the world".

Researchers believe the mosque's congregation were likely to have been local farmers.

 

All pictures copyrighted to Getty and Israel's Antiquities Authority

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