Israel finds 1,900-year-old industrial building and large cemetery

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JERUSALEM. KAZINFORM – Israeli archaeologists have discovered the remains of an industrial building and a large nearby cemetery, both dating from around 1,900 years, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Monday, Xinhua reports .

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It is the first building discovered in the ancient central city of Yavne since the days of the Sanhedrin, which was the supreme Jewish legislature.

He went into exile in Yavne after the fall of Jerusalem by the Romans some 2,000 years ago.

The building contained fragments of chalk stone cuts, clear evidence that its occupants adhered to Jewish laws of ritual purity, the researchers said.

The cemetery was located about 70 meters from the building, with dozens of graves carefully spaced at set distances.

Some of them are coffins or sarcophagi, which are mostly made of stone, with the exception of one made of lead.

The researchers believed that these were the tombs of the city’s Jewish community and that the most elaborate might belong to the Jewish elders of Yavne.

The team also discovered 150 glass vials that were placed on top of the tombs, presumably used to hold precious liquids such as scent oils.

“The findings are evidence of the life and death of the people of Yavne during the Sanhedrin era, where the foundations of Judaism as we know it were laid,” the researchers concluded.


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