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A large and well-preserved compound, that likely served as a monastery dating to the Byzantine period, was recently uncovered in Beit Shemesh, by Israel Antiquities Authority. The compound is surrounded by an outer wall and is divided on the inside into two regions, including an industrial area and an activity and residential area. The excavation’s co-directors said they believe the site served as a monastery, despite not finding a church or inscription of any kind indicating religious worship,

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