Remains of ancient temple found in Turkey


(JTA) — The remains of a centuries-old Jewish temple were found on the southern coast of Turkey.

Excavations have revealed the first evidence of a Jewish presence in the ancient port city of Andriake in Lycia, now located in southern Turkey, the Turkish daily Zaman reported Tuesday.

The find was unexpected and has created a buzz in the archaeology community.

“To encounter remnants of Jewish culture for the first time has caused great excitement," said site chief Nevzat Çevik, an archaeology professor at Akdeniz University.  "We’re adding another layer to what we know of Lycian culture. Now that we know that there was a Jewish presence in Lycia as well, we can follow this path and better understand other finds.”

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