During the course of rehabilitation and conservation work implemented in the ancient synagogue and nearby Beit Zinati, financed by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage:
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After several years of digging and study, archaeologists are revealing an extraordinary—and enigmatic—mosaic discovered among the ruins of a Roman-era synagogue at a site in Israel known as Huqoq. Nothing like it has come to light in any other building yet known from the ancient world, experts say.
On a hill above the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, archaeologists have discovered one amazing floor mosaic after another.
Archaeologists excavating a Roman-era synagogue at the site of Huqoq, Israel, have uncovered two new panels of a mosaic floor with instantly identifiable subjects—Noah’s ark, and the parting of the Red Sea during the Israelite exodus from Egypt.
“You can see the pharaoh’s soldiers with their chariots and horses drowning, and even being eaten by large fish,” says excavation director Jodi Magness, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
About two thousand years ago, a thriving harbor town on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee ordered a marble slab from Greece or Turkey, engraved with Hebrew words for the floor of their public building. It was such an extravagant and highly unusual purchase, that they must have had a very special reason for doing so
Excavations in the ancient synagogue at Horvat Kur (Israel) dating to the Byzantine period (4th—7th c. CE) have uncovered a partially-preserved colorful mosaic floor.
For the first time, advanced technologies made it possible to read parts of a scroll that was completely burnt c. 1,500 years, inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi. At the end of extremely challenging efforts which lasted over a year, the scientists and researchers were amazed to see verses from the beginning of the Book of Leviticus, suddenly coming back to life.
New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee.
A UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist who leads the project says images in the mosaics — as well as their high level of artistic quality — have never been found in any other ancient synagogue.
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 1, 2015) – This summer, excavations directed by UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences professor Jodi Magness revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor of the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq.