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Alternate former name in Hungarian: Nyarfas. Located in Maramures County at 47°35' 23°46', approximately 16.6 kilometers SE of Baia Mare. From the turn-off from the main road, the path to the cemetery site leads to the right near a shrine opposite the first houses in the village. The track leads up to the crest of a hill (about 200-250m), and the stones are visible a further 100m toward the edge of the bluff overlooking the main road between Cavnic and Copalnic Manastur. This cemetery in Plopis (Nyarfas) sits in a rough triangle of unplowed land between three adjacent fields and was not known to the community in Baia Mare at the time of the survey. The five stones are in no apparent danger other than weather erosion or possible theft of the stones for building construction. It is not known if the cemetery was larger at one time.

The Jewish Community in Baia Mare was unaware of this site at the time of the survey. It is not known whether the Jewish Community in Bucuresti is aware of this site. The isolated rural (agricultural) hill has no sign or marker. The cemetery is reached by turning off a public road and entering private property. Access to the cemetery is open to all with no wall, fence, or gate. Present cemetery size is probably 2x10-m. Five limestone flat-shaped, smoothed and Hebrew-inscribed gravestones are in the cemetery in original location. Vegetation and water drainage are not a problem. The present owner is unknown. The site is used only for Jewish cemetery purposes, unused space between fields. Properties adjacent to the cemetery are agricultural. The site is never visited. No maintenance. Vegetation is cleared. Uncontrolled access, weather erosion, and vegetation are slight threats.

John DeMetrick and Christina Crowder, (formerly of Cluj, they have no further information) , completed this survey in April 2000 using a list of cemeteries known by the Jewish Community in Baia Mare. They visited the site on 8 April 2000 and interviewed village resident who lives near the cemetery site.

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