Thursday, March 24, 2011

Khirbet Midras Mosaics Vandalized

Shmuel Browns points to an article in Ynet (Hebrew) about last night’s destruction of mosaics in the recently excavated Byzantine church at Khirbet Midras.  The church’s beautiful mosaics were left open to visitors for a brief period of time before they were slated to be covered until preservation works could be carried out.  In this time, tens of thousands of visitors have come to view the nearly intact mosaics.  The archaeologists have theories about who may have destroyed the site and await the police’s investigation.  They believe the damage can be restored if there is sufficient funding.  About fifteen years ago, a well-preserved rolling stone tomb at Khirbet Midras was destroyed by vandals.  Browns has several photos showing the destruction of the mosaics.

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  • Only when the criminal or criminals are found and paraded in a "perp-walk" would it be appropriate to make accusations. In the absence of any factual information, it is entirely unworthy and inappropriate to cast aspersions as to the identity of the unknown vandals. Frankly, it would be appropriate to strike the comment from the site.

    By Anonymous Joseph I. Lauer, at Thu Mar 24, 10:23:00 AM  

  • Only when the criminal or criminals are found and paraded in a "perp-walk" would it be appropriate to make accusations. In the absence of any factual information, it is entirely unworthy and inappropriate to cast aspersions as to the identity of the unknown vandals. Frankly, it would be appropriate to strike the anonymous comment from the site.

    By Anonymous Joseph I. Lauer, at Thu Mar 24, 12:36:00 PM  

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