Israeli ruins re-identified as Muslim caliph's palace

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March 17, 2010 20:49

 
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Israeli archaeologists have announced that ruins long thought to be of an ancient synagogue are actually the remains of a palace used by Muslim caliphs 1,300 years ago.

The site, on the banks of Lake Kinneret, was identified as a synagogue in the 1950s because archaeologists found a carving of a menora among the ruins. But scholars said in a new report published Wednesday that the identification was an error.

The site is now believed to have been a winter palace used by the caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty, the same rulers who built Jerusalem's gold-capped Dome of the Rock.

Early Arab historians had described the palace, calling it al-Sinnabra, but its location was previously unknown.

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