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1,600-year-old mosaic found in Israel

A 1,600-year-old mosaic has been discovered in a synagogue in Huqoq, Israel.

“This discovery is significant,” Jodi Magness, an archaeologist from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said today. “Only a small number of ancient Late Roman synagogue buildings are decorated with mosaics showing biblical scenes, and only two others have scenes with Samson. One is at another site just a couple of miles from Huqoq.”

Magness said the discovery suggests a high level of prosperity in the village, which is several miles inland from the Sea of Galilee and is known for cultivation of the mustard plant.

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Story: Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg | Photo: Jim Haberman, Bloomberg

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