Archaeologists have discovered a town dating back more than 2,000 years on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel's Ginosar valley. USA Today content partner Newser reported the discovery on Sept. 17. The town was located along the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee. British archaeologists suggest it is Dalmanutha which is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark in the account of feeding 4,000 people with just seven loaves of bread.
Then He commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks, broke the loaves, and kept on giving them to His disciples to set before the people. So they served the loaves to the crowd. They also had a few small fish, and when He had blessed them, He said these were to be served as well. They ate and were filled. Then they collected seven large baskets of leftover pieces. About 4,000 men were there. He dismissed them and immediately got into the boat with His disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. – (Mark 8:6-10 HCSB)
Dalmanutha a wealthy fishing village
The discovery was made during a field survey. One reason team leader, Ken Dark, attributes the find to Dalmanutha is that the artifacts that have been collected indicate it was an active city at the start of the Common Era. In an article published on the Palestine Exploration Quarterly, Dark stated that artifacts also point to Dalmanutha being wealthy. "Vessel glass and amphora hint at wealth...weights and stone anchors, along with the access to beaches suitable for landing boats – and, of course, the first-century boat...all imply an involvement with fishing,"
The boat Dark referred to is the "Sea of Galilee boat," one of the most famous artifacts discovered in connection to the era of Jesus. Archaeologists believe that 2,000-year-old boat discovered in 1986 was found in the shorelines of Dalmanutha. Researchers have also noted that the new discovery is just 150 meters from the ancient town of Magdala which is mentioned in the book of Matthew's account of the same miracle. The town is also thought to be the birth place of Mary Magdalene based on her surname.
After commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, He took the seven loaves and the fish, and He gave thanks, broke them, and kept on giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were filled. Then they collected the leftover pieces–seven large baskets full. Now those who ate were 4,000 men, besides women and children. After dismissing the crowds, He got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan. – (Matthew 15:35-39 HCSB)