Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of one of the world’s oldest mosques on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, reported the Times.
The mosque, found under the ruins of a building originally identified as from the Byzantine period, could have been founded as early as 635AD by a companion of the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century.
The mosque is located on the outskirts of Tiberias, overlooking the western shore of the lake.
The discovery was announced last week at an academic conference after 11 years of excavation by a team led by Katia Citrine Silverman of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She explained that the excavation of the site took place in the 1950s, when a columned structure was found and identified as a market from the late Byzantine era. However, recent excavations have discovered pottery and coins from the early Islamic era. Besides the multi-level design of the foundations, this indicates that the site was an Islamic site.
Archaeologists believe that the discovered mosque in Tiberias was built decades ago, and may have been founded by Sharhabeel bin Hasna.
Israeli scientists have been carrying out several excavations throughout occupied Palestine as part of the occupation state’s efforts to support the Zionist narration that claims ownership of Palestine.
(Source / 23.01.2021)