Visitors eyeball exhibits at the exhibition "The House of Herod: Life and Power in the Age of the New Testament," at the Terra Sancta Museum in occupied Jerusalem.
AP Photo/Caron Creighton
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Jerusalem's Franciscan friars opened a new museum filled with artifacts related to daily life in Jesus' time. The Terra Sancta Museum's new wing, built into the ruined remains of Crusader and Mamluk buildings along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City, showcases objects discovered in excavations at biblical sites over the past century.Coins, ceramic fragments, ossuaries and stone slabs bear inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Samaritan, illustrating the kaleidoscopic variety of cultures present in the Holy Land during the first centuries.Shimon Gibson, a University of North Carolina archaeologist who is excavating Roman-era Jerusalem, said that the Franciscans' contribution to the field of archaeology in the Holy Land was "pivotal," and that their collections were "a treasure trove of information".
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