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Trench G

LOCATION: the central part of the complex
DIMENSIONS: ca. 3.8 x 7 m
INTERPRETATION: central parts of the nave and the northern aisle of the church

DESCRIPTION: This trench was laid out against the N-S wall which, at some point of time, partitioned the original church into the eastern and western parts. The trench displays the original marble pavement of the church in addition to the secondary structures which had been erected after the subdivision. These structures include benches against the walls, a free-standing pillar, and a wall which connected it later to the responding pilaster in the subdividing wall. The deposits above the floor level included a massive collapse of the wall and voussoirs of the arch.

FINDS: ceramics dated to the 4th-5th centuries A.D., large quantities of marble elements (chancel posts and screen fragments) which initially decorated the sanctuary of the church, fragmentary Greek inscriptions,

Text: Zbigniew T. Fiema