Israeli ruins re-identified as Muslim caliph's palace
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
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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