Israeli archaeologists have hit on a stunning site in the Judean hills: a 1,500 year-old Byzantine basilica, which sits on top of an even older structure, which sits on top of a series of tunnels, which lead to a small cave that they believe might be the legendary burial place of the Old Testament prophet Zechariah. What do they intend to do with this marvel of antiquities? They’re going to rebury it, the AP reports.
But archaeologists don’t have the funds to maintain the church as a tourist destination, so they’ve decided to cover it back over with soil for its own protection. Curious observers have just one week left to check out the site, which boasts stunningly well-preserved mosaics dating back to the Roman era.