>The Sea of Galilee Boat

>The Archaeological Institute of America will sponsor a lecture on the Sea of Galilee boat. The lectures is free to the public, and all are welcome.


The Sea of Galilee Boat
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Lecturer: Shelley Wachsmann, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University
Oriental Institute
University of Chicago
1155 East 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637


Shelley Wachsmann is with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology with the Nautical Archaeology Program and Texas A& M University. He received his degrees from the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University (M.A. and Ph.D.), and his areas of specialization are Biblical archaeology, nautical archaeology, the Near East, trade, and archery. He has done extensive fieldwork, and his publications include “The Sea of Galilee Boat” (3rd edition 2009) and “Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant” (1998, 2nd printing 2009). He is an active member of the AIA Underwater Archaeology Committee/Interest Group, and is the 2009/2010 Joukowsky Lecturer.

Abstract of the Lecture

In 1986 a 2,000-year-old boat was discovered in Israel on the banks of the Sea of Galilee (Yam Kinneret) near the ancient site of Migdal. In a daring and hair-raising non-stop adventure, directed by the speaker, the boat was excavated, packaged in its entirety, and moved to a specially-prepared conservation pool. The boat lived its life during the first centuries B.C.-A.D. This vessel is apparently representative of the large-type all-purpose fishing boats common on the lake during that time. Research reveals, beyond reasonable doubt, that this is the type of boat mentioned in the Gospels, used by the disciples of Jesus. It is also the type of boat used by the Jews in the brutal nautical Battle of Migdal in A.D. 67, against a makeshift Roman fleet. The lecture describes the adventure of the boat’s discovery and excavation, and then delves into what research has revealed about the boat and its milieu.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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