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First known depictions of two biblical heroines uncovered in ancient Jewish synagogue

August 23, 2022
Almost every summer since 2011, BYU faculty and students have joined a consortium of universities led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to excavate the synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. This year’s work on the building’s beautiful mosaic floor, which dates from the late fourth – early fifth century C.E., yielded a unique discovery: fragments showing Jael and the prophetess Deborah.
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Variation of Jonah and the Whale found in rare ancient Jewish synagogue mosaic

September 15, 2017
A group of BYU archaeologists spent their summer at the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq near the Sea of Galilee in Israel, uncovering an ancient synagogue mosaic with rare biblical depiction

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Reviving ancient technology to save a monument

January 29, 2016
Seeing Petra in person is unforgettable, but this visually-stunning look is as close as you'll get to the real thing. See how students and their professor are saving a piece of the park. 

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