How do we know for certain where in Israel Tanaim and Amoraim are buried if we've been exiled for so long?

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    Not everyone has been exiled. Moreover most of those graves date from after the exile began – Double AA Apr 24 '17 at 12:14
  • Archeology can be quite accurate! – DanF Apr 24 '17 at 15:51
  • How do you know for certain that we know for certain? – mevaqesh Apr 24 '17 at 19:04
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    Many of these identifications are based on the claims of mystics who lived a millennium or more after the people whose graves they supposedly identified. It is not based on tradition as the question insinuates. – mevaqesh Apr 24 '17 at 19:07
  • @mevaqesh, I see no such insinuation. On the contrary, your claim that it's based on mystics' work sounds like the kernel of an answer post. Want to post one? – msh210 Apr 24 '17 at 21:36

Many locations were provided by Ariza"l. See Shivchey HoAri on this topic.

See examples here and here.

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