During the last excavations held in the ancient site of Kursi new archaeological evidence was found shedding new light on the function of ancient monasteries in the Holy Land. Within the compound of the monastery and next to the central church was uncovered a complete bathhouse well preserved. The bathhouse together with the hostelry discovered in Kursi in the excavations of 1970-1972 was undoubtedly intended to facilitate the stay of the Christian pilgrims touring around the Land and visiting the various holy places.
Similar hostelries and bathhouses were also discovered in several other ancient monasteries all of which were located near the main routes of early Christian pilgrimage. On the account of this new evidence it becomes quite clear that ancient monasteries functioned not only as centres of monastic life but also as agencies of pilgrimages providing a most convenient and relaxed stay to the Christian visitors.
In addition to the bathhouse was also discovered in Kursi (2000-2004) tombs for mass burials. Among the finds unearthed from the tombs was several iron rings engraved with the figure of Jesus Christ. These finds are extremely important for the study of early Christian iconography.