Welcome to MRBLOCH SALT ARCHIVE --- TOP BAR
VIA SALARIUM - THE SALT TRAIL , [otherwise known as the 'the Silk road' or DERECH HAMELACH [the King's road' etc]
SARDES
 
The Roman period Jewish Synagogue renovated and Jewish workshops 
semi-detached to the Synagogue's wall 
Possibly the most important of the Via SAlarium way-stations, Sardes was inhabited by the Luvians, followed by the Hitites, the Phrygians, the Lydians, Persians, Macedonians and Romans. 
Throughout most of these periods the Jews were also present.  
The Roman remains include a the Jewish Synagogue and Jewish workshops demonstrating the close and integral relationship with the Roman community. 
 
 
 


Drainage piping in a Jewish workshop

Remains of the Hellinistic temple 
of Artemis in Sardis
figs [again]
Camel trains were typcally made up of a thousand camels or more....the 'bulk' of which was salt.....
SARDIS was at a junction distributing the 
camel trains' bulk consignments, from the 
TUZ GOLU [Tatta salt lake, to the 'sink' 
ports of Ephesus, Smyrna [Izmir] Miletus 
Halicarnassus, and Pergamum, for export to 
Rome
The Gymnasium close to the Jewish Synagogue 
figs [yet again] - in the Gymnasium of Sardis