Huqoq is an ancient Jewish village located approximately three miles west of Capernaum and Migdal (Magdala) in the Galilee of Israel. A consortium of universities, led by Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has completed five seasons of excavations. This fifth season of excavation has revealed further portions of a mosaic floor that decorated a Late Roman – Byzantine (fifth century C.E.) synagogue. The mosaics uncovered in 2013 include a scene of Samson carrying the gate of Gaza upon his back (Judges 16:3), a grouping of men who surround a central figure under an arcade, and a battle scene or triumphal parade with elephants. In 2014, the remainder of the scene containing elephants was brought to light.
If you are interested in learning more about ancient synagogues, please visit the
Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogue Website
The Bornblum Eretz Israel Synagogues Website
The current consortium members are UNC-Chapel Hill, Baylor University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Toronto.