5th Century Synagogue Discovered in Albania

Baptist Standard: A team of Israeli and Albanian archaeologists have discoverd an ancient synagogue in Saranda dating from the 5th or 6th centuries C.E. For 20 years, archaeologists have known about the 5th century ruins in the city of Saranda in Albania, but only recently was it discovered that they contained a synagogue. Now researchers, with the help of the Hebrew University Institute of Archeology, are working to uncover and catalog many artifacts including a menorah and a shofar (ram's horn).

"This is the first time we have discovered Jewish remains in this region from this period," said Gideon Foerster, one of the Israeli archeologists who participated on the dig. "From that perspective, it is very significant. We must go on excavating."

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