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By:Yori Yalon and Israel Hayom Staff

Bronze incense shovel and jug date to time of the Second Temple, which was still active in Jerusalem when Magdala was thriving • Only about 10 incense shovels from that period have been discovered to date • Site is home to first-century C.E. synagogue.

Bronze incense shovel and jug date to time of the Second Temple, which was still active in Jerusalem when Magdala was thriving • Only about 10 incense shovels from that period have been discovered to date • Site is home to first-century C.E. synagogue.

Archaeological excavations at Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee have unearthed traces of a Jewish community on the site that existed 2,000 years ago. The findings a decorative incense shovel, used to handle incense and embers and move them from place to place; and a jug, both made of bronze.

The dig is being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority as part of the standard site research on sites slated for development. The Arke New Gate company has already secured planning approval to build a new hotel on the site.

 

 

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