A photo of a mosaics found at the Huqoq synagogue. (Photo by Jim Haberman)

Mosaics discovered by Carolina archaeologist provide clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village

The discoveries indicate villagers flourished under early fifth-century Christian rule, contradicting a widespread view that Jewish settlement in the region declined during that period.

Recent discoveries by a team of specialists and students at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness, shed new light on the life and culture of an ancient Jewish village.

The discoveries indicate villagers flourished under early fifth-century Christian rule, contradicting a widespread view that Jewish settlement in the region declined during that period. The large size and elaborate interior decoration of the Huqoq synagogue point to an unexpected level of prosperity.

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Originally published July 9, 2018. Photo by Jim Haberman.

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