Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1820 40 Years of Archives – The 2000-year old Galilee Boat – Shelley Wachsmann

The 2000-year old Galilee Boat,

The 2000-year old Galilee Boat, now on display at the Yigal Allon museum at kibbutz Ginosar.

Over the 40-year history of The Book & The Spade program one of the most dramatic discoveries we have announced was the discovery of a 2,000-year old boat buried in the mud along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Sometimes called The Jesus Boat, it was discovered by two members of kibbutz Ginosar at a time when the Sea of Galilee was at a low level.

Shelley Wachsmann is Professor of Biblical Archeology in the Nautical Archaeology Program, at Texas A&M University and Coordinator of the Nautical Archaeology Program. But in 1986 he was called on the direct the excavation of this 2000-year old boat. We interviewed him in 1992, six years later, when the boat was still immersed in a plastic solution to preserve it.


2 responses

  1. Joseph Baruch Silver

    The remains of TWO boats were found in the mud of The Kinneret off Kibbutz Ginossar, not one. But one was almost wholly extant, while of the second,
    only about 30% was recoverable.
    However, the 2 coins found with the boats, enabling their dating, were actually
    Found in the second boat.
    I was in the Israel Tour Guide course at the time, and it was our very good luck
    to be visiting the Eastern Galilee for a 2 day trip, and be at Ginossar (to study
    The Kibbutz) when they were moving the boat, and the lady who had injected the almost whole boat with preservative and coated it with foam, Orna Cohen,
    I believe, was riding on top of the vessel when they floated it out of the discovery site.

    October 16, 2022 at 1:14 am

  2. Joseph, what a great memory, thanks for sharing. Yes, I think Shelley said that remains of TWO other boats were found along with the original. Nonetheless, always great to see the boat when in the area. One of these times I’m going to have to check out the rest of the Yigal Allon museum.

    October 16, 2022 at 1:58 pm

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