A key discovery for archaeologists, historians, the Jewish community and the whole of Rome: a marble tombstone measuring 60 cm by 30 cm, complete with legible Hebrew inscriptions, has been found at the bottom of the Tiber. The man behind the discovery, 63-year-old archaeologist Claudio Mocchegiani Carpano, says it is better preserved than any similar artefact from the Ortaccio cemetery. Located beside Porta Portese, this was the citys Jewish burial ground until the end of the 16th century, when the Church ordered its relocation (at the cost of the Jewish community) to the Roseto Comunale overlooking the Circus Maximus. The tombstone has been reliably dated to the year 1587 and belongs to Mos Anav, a young man from one of the four most ancient Israelite families, present in Rome since the fall of Palestine under Emperor Titus. The precious find will now be exhibited in the Jewish museum of Romes synagogue.
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