JERUSALEM — Father Baret Yeretsian, head of the real estate office of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, informed that important archaeological materials have been discovered during the renovation of the Armenian kindergarten in Jerusalem, which need more detailed examination.
One of the valuable findings is the large cross-stone (khachkar), which dates back to the 12th century or earlier. It is a typical Armenian cross with the inscription “Lord Jesus, remember”, below it an Armenian flowered cross is depicted, as well as grape motifs.
A mosaic was also discovered, judging by the style, probably from the Byzantine period. Copper coins from the Byzantine and (or) Mamluk period have also been found.
Theses findings show the early Armenian presence and pilgrimage in Jerusalem.