Biblical Archaeology Review 17:3, May/June 1991

Qatzrin—Reconstructing Village Life in Talmudic Times

By Ann KillebrewSteven Fine

Before 1967, the Golan Heights was, archaeologically speaking, terra incognita. Since then, surveys and excavations have revealed a rich Jewish life there during the third through eighth centuries C.E.,a what may be regarded as the talmudic and early medieval periods in Jewish history.b

For nine years I (Ann Killebrew) have been directing excavations in the talmudic-period village of Qatzrin1 (pronounced kats-REEN).2 Ancient Qatzrin is one of approximately 30 Jewish villages in the central Golan. Its synagogue is the best preserved in the region.”c

The goals of this project were to excavate the synagogue and to recreate its ancient setting as the central focus of Jewish daily life in the village.

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