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Jewish bones given ceremonial burial in Norwich

In Norwich, the remains of 17 people found in a well in 2004, victims of a 12th century religious massacre against Jewish residents of the area, have been given a ceremonial burial an "historic event". Norwich had been home to a thriving Jewish community since 1135 and many lived near the

Ancient Jewish manuscripts found in Afghanistan cave

A collection of ancient Jewish manuscripts found in caves in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan are the first evidence that a Jewish community thrived in the area a thousand years ago. Genizah, a Hebrew term that loosely translates as "storage," refers to a storeroom adjacent to a synagogue or Jewish cemetery

The oldest evidence of Jewish culture on the Iberian Peninsula

Archaeologists have found a tomb slab which dates back to 390 A.D. that contains a Hebrew inscription, making it the oldest evidence of Jewish culture on the Iberian Peninsula. Archaeologists of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) found some of the oldest archaeological evidence so far of Jewish culture on the

Jewish bodies found in Medieval well

17 bodies found in a medieval well in England may be evidence of early Jewish persecution. Seven skeletons were successfully tested and five of them had a DNA sequence suggesting they were likely to be members of a single Jewish family. DNA expert Dr Ian Barnes, who carried out the tests, said:

Medieval synagogue discovered underneath kebab shop

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe are the remains of a medieval Jewish synagogue underneath a kebab shop in Northampton, England. A survey of land underneath Kebabish and The Bear public House, both in Sheep Street, Northampton, has found what experts estimate could be the remains of an ancient synagogue,

Ancient synagogue discovered in Turkey

An ancient synagogue estimated to be at least 1,500 years old, has been unearthed in Turkey. The ancient temple was found in the town of Demre in the Antalya province, on the southwestern tip of Turkey. The structure is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Andriake harbor. The dimensions of the

Largest cache of 2,000-year-old Jewish rebel coins found in cave

A huge cache of coins from the period of the Jewish revolt against the Romans has been found. Some 120 gold, silver and bronze coins were found hidden in a cave outside Jerusalem believed to have been used by Jewish fighters loyal to the rebel Shimon Bar-Kokhba, who opposed Roman rule