Australian War Memorial

Church mosaic from Shellal, only 5 miles from Nirim. Australian soldiers found the Shellal mosaic in 1917, after the second battle of Gaza, at the base of a Turkish trench that had been cut through the mosaic. They removed the mosaic to prevent it from suffering further damage; it is now displayed at the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra. For full caption, see photo of mosaic from the synagogue at Nirim.