Shopping Center May Hide Rare 15th Century Jewish Cemetery

Archaeologists working on the site of a shopping center in Pizen, Bohemia are seeking a rare, Jewish cemetery dating to the 15th century. Researchers know that Jewish graves tend to be well-preserved and expect them to yield valuable information on the life of the community.

Research shows that the cemetery land was purchased by the Jewish community and later abandoned when the Jews were expelled from the area. So far, the site has not been located, although records show that it is in the area. Developers are impatient to continue work on the shopping center.