Courtyard Near Nea Church GPR Study - 2010 GPR Study
The Nea Church, once known as the New Church of Mother of God, is
shown in the ancient Madaba Map (see Item 12). Full of ancient
stories and myths, it is a partially excavated area in the
Old City of Jerusalem. Last summer in 2010 we did a GPR study
of the courtyard in front of the area of the Nea Church apse.
Led by Dr. Jessie Pincus of Texas A&M, our survey team acquired GPR data
in a high resolution survey in a criss-crossed direction which was compiled
into a 3D cube, in June 2010. Here is a first look sub-surface GPR view at
several meters beneath the surface, under the courtyard facing the
excavated area known to be the Nea Church. Post-processing
analysis will reveal an explanation of the anomalies that can be seen,
which will be elsewhere published.
First Look GPR View of Courtyard near Nea Church
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The Temple treasures portrayed on the Arch of Titus may have ended up stored in the Nea Church by Justinian. Built in 82 AD in Rome, the Arch of Titus
commemorates Titus' victory over the Jews and the end of the 66-70 AD Jewish revolt. The modern importance of this arch is in the engraving found on the inside which shows the Temple treasures being carried into Rome by Roman soldiers after their destruction of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The image clearly shows the golden Table of Showbread, the golden Menorah, and the
trumpets used by the priests. But the temple
treasures are no longer in Rome, and scholars suggest some were sent to, and may yet remain, in the still-to-be-fully-excavated
Nea Church in the Old City of Jerusalem.