In 1986 during a particularly dry period along the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee, the Galilee Boat, also termed the Jesus Boat, was discovered lying in the newly exposed lake-bed. A major salvage operation soon began to uncover, protect and preserve the boat. It measures 8m in length and is over 2m wide and it once had a mast and a sail. The boat was made from a variety of different woods (10+) and radiocarbon analysis has dated the vessel to the 1st Century CE. It informs our understanding of fishing and transportation crafts that served the Sea of Galilee during this particularly early period. Did Jesus and His Disciples use a similar vessel?
Date of Visit
1st July to 8th August 2013
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Lucy O'Connor, “The Galilee Boat, Galilee,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed September 26, 2023, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/261.