The ancient structure measures at approximately 65 by 115 feet and contains a prayer hall and dining room lined with detailed mosaic carpets.
The mosaic floors include four Greek dedicatory inscriptions signifying the names of the monastery's abbots: Eliyahu, Nonus, Solomon and Ilrion.
The inscriptions also contain the dates of the pavements in the various halls which helped the archaeologists in dating the monastery to the second half of the sixth century.
In addition to the inscriptions, various pottery assemblages including jars, cooking pots, kraters and bowls were discovered in the monastery. Glass vessels and coins were also uncovered which indicate a rich material culture in the monastery.
The discovery was made during a routine salvage excavation conducted by the IAA prior to the construction of an interchange on Israel's Highway 31 in the Negev desert.
The IAA along with the Netivei Israel Company, Hura municipality and Wadi ‘Attir Association have plans to relocate the monastery and its mosaics to the Wadi ‘Attir agricultural/tourism project adjacent to Hura.