Skip to comments.Archaeologists discover second Lycian synagogue
Posted on 10/06/2012 7:07:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeological teams digging in the ancient city of Limyra in the Mediterranean province of Antalya have announced the discovery of a second synagogue from the Lycian civilization.
Researchers initially thought the house of worship was a glass furnace, according to the head of the excavations, Dr. Martin Seyer of the Austrian Archaeology Institute. "We first found a bath and a menorah. After some [further] investigation, we found out that it was a synagogue," he said.
Second synagogue in the Lycian city
The synagogue in Limyra, which is located in Turunçova in Antalya's Finike district, is the second to be found in the historical Lycian region after one discovered in 2009 in the ancient city of Myra in Antalya's Demre district. Limyra was the former capital of the Lycian Federation, which some have called the first democratic union.
"We have excavated a small part of the synagogue field, but we think that the synagogue was on a very large field," he said, citing the relevant law under Emperor Theodosianus that only permitted the restoration of existing synagogues rather than the construction of new Jewish houses of worship. "There was a wide and rich Jewish group of people living there. The synagogue is a very important discovery for Jews and the ancient city of Limyra. Thanks to this synagogue, we have chance to see the Limyra excavations and its history."
Excavations will continue in the area around the synagogue next year, Seyer said, adding that the ancient city would attract many more tourists once the archaeological work is complete.
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Thanks for the posting I guess.
But where in the old world were these places on todays maps? I know where Austria is but Lycia in Antalaya’s Fininike district? Some reference would be very helpfull.
This is in southwestern Turkey for those of us who don’t know the local place names.
As Turkey slides more and more into Islaminization this becomes increasing less likely.
In fact continued archaeological work in that area (and survival of the site!) becomes less likely, because to the Islamists there is ‘no history prior to Mad Mo’!
Turkey’s trying to attract more tourism. The best approach for Turkey would be to become civilized, instead of having hotel help try to marry 13 year old girl tourists, murder priests, etc.
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Posted on 05/17/2008 11:11:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
They're not? Please cite some evidence to the contrary.
Where do you get that?
What makes them certain it is a synagogue and not an early Christian site?
You seemed to have a positive outlook for Turkey.
I interpreted that from one of your responses to previous postings. Could be a misinterpretation on my part, if so then sorry about confusing things.