recently archaeologists working in Israel’s southern Negev desert discovered a building suspected to be a thousand-year-old Islamic villa. The building is a luxurious mansion estimated to be 1,200 years old.
This finding expands the knowledge of the area that was the discovery of a mosque some time ago.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) described the villa as a luxurious country estate house. The house has marble-lined hallways and walls decorated with paintings.
According to the IAA, the first building of its kind found in the southern Negev desert contained domed rooms around the central courtyard. It describes life unique to the wealthy inhabitants of the arid region.
As reported in TRT World, this luxurious house is built around the courtyard and has four wings with several rooms for its residents. One luxurious section has a marble hallway with stone floors and elaborate wall decorations. Archaeologists also found broken glass decorated to serve dishes.
Under the courtyard, archaeologists were surprised to find an underground dome made of stone. They believe the dome was used to store things at cooler temperatures, away from the scorching desert sun. The dome seems to be carefully constructed and firm enough to allow people to move underground.
Oren Shmueli, Elena Kogan-Zehavi, and Noe D. Michael, who are archaeologists on the study, said the unique and impressive luxury housing and underground domes are evidence of how the owner is. Their high status and wealth allowed them to build luxury houses that served as residences and entertainment.
They assumed whoever lived here was the local ruler. They also state that such estates are completely unknown in Negev to this day.
The discovery in the Bedouin city of Rahat dates back to the early period of Islam in the 8th or 9th century. The estate is close to a rare mosque dating from the same period, which was inaugurated by Israeli archaeologists in June.
Dozens of Muslims likely worshipped at the site at one time. The plan, after the completion of the excavation (mansion), this place will be preserved, in addition to other inventions such as a mosque.