Roman-era synagogue in the Golan Heights

Discovery of possible Roman-era synagogue in the Golan Heights, Israel

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© Michael Osband

In the central region of Golan Heights in northern Israel, archaeologists have unearthed a vast public structure (left) dating from the Roman period. According to field director Michael Osband of the Institute of Archaeology at Bar Ilan University, the structure is likely a synagogue. Osband’s conjecture derives from the monumental size of the structure and the fact that it is located in a Jewish area. The structure is part of a larger site known as Khirbet Majdouliya, which was deserted around the end of the 3rd century or the start of the 4th century AD.

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