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One of the World’s Oldest Synagogues Uncovered Near the Sea of Galilee in Israel

by Pat Coate | October 11, 2009
"This is the first time a menorah decoration was discovered from the Second Temple Period."
- Dina Avshalom-Gorni, excavation director

A 2,000-year-old synagogue from the Second Temple period was discovered this month during archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Migdal near the Sea of Galilee.

A square stone featuring sides adorned with reliefs and engraved with a seven-branched menorah was discovered in the hall atop a pedestal with a triangular base.

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