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.Note also the YouTube video to which the article links.
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.
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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