Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a 1,700-year-old Christian basilica in Ethiopia.
The basilica, from the 4th century A.D., was found in Beta Samati, an ancient town that was once part of the Aksumite civilization.
The remains of the church date back to the time when Christianity became the official religion of the Aksumite empire.
“Early basilicas in Ethiopia were key places of Christian worship, and the site at Beta Samati appears to be one of the first in the Aksumite kingdom — built shortly after King Ezana converted the empire to Christianity during the mid-fourth century AD,” researchers explain in a statement emailed to Fox News.
Secular and religious artifacts were discovered in and around the basilica, including animal figurines, crosses, stamp seals, and tokens that were likely used for trade and administration. Commercial and domestic buildings were also found at Beta Samati. A gold ring, which shows Roman influences, was also found in the basilica.
A paper on the research project has been published in the journal Antiquity.
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SOURCE: Fox News, James Rogers