Cologne Archeological Dig Revives Ancient Jewish Heritage

After long being sidelined for Roman excavations, an archaeological dig in western Germany has unearthed myriad traces of daily life in one of Europe’s oldest and largest Jewish communities.

From ceramic dishes and tools to toys, animal bones and jewelry, some 250,000 artifacts have so far shed light on various periods in 2,000 years of the city of Cologne’s history, the AFP news agency reported.

But plans to display the findings, discovered since 2007 by head archaeologist Sven Schuette’s team at the 32,800 square-foot (10,000 square-meter) city centre dig, in a new museum have proved divisive.

Just over 260 miles (400 kilometers) away, Berlin already hosts a large Jewish museum, and critics argue that Cologne cannot afford a new cultural project when its financiers are already in the red.


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