The Bet Tfila Research Centre for Jewish Architecture in Europe has published a new book on Jewish archaeology in European Antiquity and medieval central Europe by Prof. Ole Harck of the Department of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel – Archäologische Studien zum Judentum in der europäischen Antike und dem zentraleuropäischen Mittelalter.
Bet Tfila writes:
In the settlements and towns of European Antiquity and Central European Middle Ages, Jews constituted a minority in the Pagan or Christian majority of the population. The numerous tangible traces of Jewish life differ scarcely from the archaeological findings of the majority of the population. Only such religious build-ings as synagogues, ritual baths, and burial sites show a different, functional type of architecture. Furthermore, Jews used certain special liturgical utensils, which can only be identified as Jewish ritual objects by the Jewish symbols and Hebrew inscriptions found on them.
In his book Studies on Jewish Archaeology, Ole Harck for the first time provides a comprehensive view of archaeological findings originating in the Central European Middle Ages, which are clearly Jewish, highlighting these important findings of European Antiquity.
Archäologische Studien zum Judentum in der europäischen Antike und dem zentraleuropäischen Mittelalter
21 x 25.5 cm, 656 pages, 195 b / w illustrations, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-7319-0078-8; € 69
Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2014