Synagogefunn i Demre, Tyrkia

Tyrkiske arkeologar har funne eit jødisk «tempel», truleg ein synagoge, i Demre (Myra) i Lykia-regionen. Staden ligg sørvest for Antalya.

Dei seier det er første gong det er funne spor av jødisk kultur i dette området av Tyrkia, og er tydelegvis glade for desse funna!

(I kristen samanheng er elles denne staden kjent som heimstad for St. Nikolaus, helgenen som er eitt av utgangspunkta for julenissetradisjonane.)

Today’s Zaman skriv:

Jewish temple found in ancient port city at Lycian site

Ongoing excavations at the ancient port city of Andriake in Lycia — located in Antalya’s Demre district — have uncovered a centuries-old Jewish temple.

Site chief Dr. Nevzat Çevik, an archaeology professor at Akdeniz University, told the Anatolia news agency that his team believes the temple is from around the third century. Located on a choice spot facing the sea, the temple was likely built following a law instituted in 212 that allowed Jews the right to become Roman citizens, Çevik said.

The find is important as it is the first archaeological trace of Jewish culture found in Lycia. “For the archaeological world, the world of science and particularly for Lycian archaeology and history, we’re facing an important find here. It’s the first remnant of Lycian Jewish culture we’ve found,” Çevik said, describing the find. (Les meir)

(via PaleoJudaica)