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UNC-Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness recently wrapped up 11 seasons of archaeological excavations at an ancient Jewish synagogue at a village in Israel called Huqoq.

Back in 2012, her team uncovered a surprise – mosaics on the floor with scenes from the Hebrew Bible. The mosaics are stunning, but Magness is even more interested in what they have to say about Jewish history.

WUNC’s education reporter Liz Schlemmer spoke with Magness in her office at Chapel Hill just after she returned from Israel.