Luxurious 1,200-year-old mansion present in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Archaeologists unearthed a lavish 1,200-year-old property in Israel’s desert south that provides a singular glimpse of life for rich residents of the Negev area, the nation’s antiquities authority mentioned Tuesday.

The invention within the Bedouin city of Rahat dates to the early Islamic interval within the eighth or ninth century, the authority mentioned.

The luxurious house is constructed round a courtyard and options 4 wings with a number of rooms for its residents. One lavish part incorporates a marble hallway with stone flooring and elaborate wall decorations. Archaeologists additionally discovered shards of embellished glass serving dishes.

Beneath the courtyard, archaeologists have been stunned to find subterranean vaults made from stone, which they imagine have been used to retailer gadgets at cooler temperatures away from the scorching desert solar. The vaults look like fastidiously constructed and durable sufficient to permit folks to maneuver between them underground. A gap from the vaulted rooms additionally results in a cistern the place residents might entry cool consuming water.

Consultants say the mansion’s house owners probably lived a lifetime of prosperity and had loads to go round.

“The luxurious property and the distinctive spectacular underground vaults are proof of the house owners’ means,” mentioned the excavation administrators in an announcement. “Their excessive standing and wealth allowed them to construct an opulent mansion that served as a residence and for entertaining.”

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