Archeologists Find 2,000-Year-Old Rare Stone Vessel Used In Jewish Rituals

The Israel Antiquities Authority has mentioned that “This discovery provides fascinating evidence of ritual purity in the daily lives of Galilean Jews during the time of Jesus.”

A 2,000-year-old unique and superlative workshop for the manufacturing of chalk stone vessels was discovered recently by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s archaeologists, that determining to the Roman era.It is unearthed during excavations at Reina, in the Lower Galilee.

On Thursday the Authority said, Researchers found thousands of chalk rock and other types of production waste, including bowls in different stages of manufacturing and many pieces of stone mugs. All the research has been done in a small cave where an excavation took place.

The Israel it is the fourth workshop of its kind ever to have been found. The Reina Local Council guided the course of construction work at a municipal sports center during which the workshop have been discovered.

According to senior lecturer at Ariel University and director of the excavation on behalf of the IAA, Dr. Yonatan Adler said: “The reason for this curious choice of material seems to have been religious, as according to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken.”

“Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material which can never become ritually impure, and as a result, ancient Jews began to produce some of their everyday tableware from stone,”he added.

Adler said, “Today, we are excavating a second site near Reina, located one kilometer from here.”

He further added that “Throughout the years, we have been discovering fragments of these kinds of stone vessels alongside pottery in excavations of houses in both rural and urban Jewish sites from the Roman period, such as Kafr Kanna, Sepphoris, and Nazaret.”

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