The Byzantine funerary chapel decorated with the “Birds Mosaic” was discovered in 1894, during construction activities north of the city walls in Jerusalem, in the Musrara neighbourhood (Anon. 1894; Schick and Bliss 1894; Séjourné 1894; Murray 1895; Owsepian 1895; Guthe 1895; Bliss and Dickie 1898:253–259). Its mosaic floor (Fig. 1), one of the best exemplars of Byzantine craftsmanship, decorated with a vine scroll springing from an amphora and populated with various birds, was accompanied by a memorial Armenian inscription (Stone 2002; CIIP I/2: No. 812). A private house was built upon the findspot, as planned, and the ground-floor containing the mosaic remains was purchased by the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
|Title of host publication||New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region.|
|Place of Publication||Jerusalem|
|State||Published - 2021|