Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Jewish settlement, synagogue from Second Temple era unearthed on Sea of Galilee shore


2,000-year-old bronze incense shovel and jug discovered in excavation of ancient site of Magdala.

The excavation of a 2,000-year-old Jewish settlement and synagogue from the Second Temple period in Magdala, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, recently revealed rare and well-preserved antiquities, including a bronze incense shovel and jug. 

The dig, overseen by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of a building there, took place in an area considered to be the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history for its historical and religious significance for both Jews and Christians.

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