Medieval Jewish Cemetery Uncovered in Bologna, Italy

Posted by Jean-Yves on Nov 13, 2017

The site of Bologna’s medieval Jewish cemetery has been rediscovered, after its desecration and destruction following the pope’s expulsion of the Jews in 1569.

The discoveries were actually made from 2012 to 2014, when archaeological excavations uncovered 408 graves. This was the largest-known medieval Jewish cemetery in Italy. The graves discovered included those of women, men and children, the regional superintendence for archaeology stated at a press conference Tuesday. Some had been buried with ornaments made of gold, silver, bronze, hard stones and amber, the superintendance said.

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