Monday, November 29, 2021

Sanhedrin-era discoveries at Yavneh

STARTED AS SALVAGE ARCHAEOLOGY: First-Ever Remains of Sanhedrin Era Building Uncovered in Coastal City of Yavneh (TPS / Tazpit News Agency via the Jewish Press).
Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) excavations being carried out on a massive scale in the city of Yavne have uncovered the first evidence there of a building from the time of the Sanhedrin – the supreme legislative Jewish assembly that went into exile to Yavne after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, some 2,000 years ago.

The building contained fragments of chalkstone vessels, clear evidence that its occupants were observing Jewish laws of ritual purity. The excavation also discovered an impressive cemetery dating from the time of the Sanhedrin.


Note also the YouTube video to which the article links.

This excavation also found more than 150 glass vials in the cemetery, placed above some of the tombs. The excavation area is near the site of the Byzantine-era wine press excavated at Yavneh (Yavne), on which more here and here.

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