Mikva discovered in Germany
Archaeologists working in the city of Erfurt in the state of Thuringen have discovered a Jewish ritual bath or "Mikva." Historical documents indicate that the mikwa at the Kramerbrucke, or Merchant's Bridge, was already in existence by 1250 CE. Relying upon these documents, however, archaeologists had previously searched and failed to locate the mikwa. Mikwas must make use of a natural water source and are used for ritual immersion to prepare the heart and mind for prayer.