Archaeologists find remains dating back to Sanhedrin

Aerial photo of the excavations at Yavne, Israel (Crux/Emil Aladjem, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Israeli archaeologists have found the remains of a building dating back to the time of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish legislative body that existed in the Holy Land in New Testament times. Source: Crux.

The remains were found in Yavne, located in central Israel. The city is where the Sanhedrin went into exile following the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 AD. The body continued to exist – with ever-waning authority – until the fifth century.

“For the first time ever in Yavne, the excavations revealed an industrial building dating from the first to third centuries CE,” said a statement from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The floor contained several fragments of stoneware known as ‘measuring cups’, chalk vessels that retain their ritual purity and are identified with the Jewish population in the late Second Temple period and second century CE. An impressive cemetery was discovered only 70 metres away from the building,” the statement continued.

The current excavation is being done in conjunction with the expansion of the city, which has been growing at a phenomenal rate since Israel’s independence.

Pablo Betzer and Dr Daniel Varga, directors of the Yavne excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement that the cemetery contained “dozens of carefully arranged tombs”.

The archaeologists said another surprising find was more than 150 glass phials placed on top of the tombs, likely used to store precious liquids such as fragrant oils.


Israeli archeologists find remains dating back to Sanhedrin (By Charles Collins, Crux

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