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>> The end is nigh for this jail at Armageddon. It's by the ancient ruins of Megiddo in Israel. By tradition, the site of the biblical battle between good and evil. And Israeli authorities have agreed to relocate it after important early Christian remains were found on the site. There have been years of legal and bureaucratic delay, so archeologists are thrilled.
>> When the Christian Prayer Hall was first found beneath the prison, we were all excited for one minute. And then we realized, it's in a maximum security prison, so we'll never actually be able to do anything with it. Now that the government has decided to move this prison, we can now explore this really amazing and interesting part of the development of early Christianity in a way we didn't think we would be able to.
>> The third century Christian prayer hole was uncovered during work to expand the jail. What's strange is that it was under the nose of a nearby Roman garrison, shedding new light on relations between pagan Rome and the first Christians.>> Already, we're starting to see that the interaction between early Christians and the Roman Empire is much more complicated than we're lead to believe.
Typically, we think of the Romans persecuting Christians, right? This is something that the early church fathers are talking about all the time. However, the mosaic at Megiddo demonstrates that Roman soldiers before the time of Constantine were engaging in Christianity and allowing it to flourish right outside their legionary base.
>> The name Armageddon is believed to come from Har Megiddo, Hebrew for Mount Megiddo. The strategic hill was the sight for numerous ancient battles.