After three years of excavations, a group of Israeli archaeologists uncovers a 6th-century church 16 kilometers west of Jerusalem. The church was adorned with mosaic floors with representations of birds, fruits, and plants and a Greek inscription which mentions that the church was built in memory of a "glorious martyr", without revealing his identity.

An underground crypt was found in the main section of the church which is suspected to have kept the relics of the martyr, who according to Benjamin Storchan, head of the research team, must have been of significant social status. Furthermore, according to another inscription discovered during the research, the work of the church expansion was funded by Emperor Tiberius II Constantine, which supports the view of the "anonymous" martyr’s high status.