A Biblical-era town discovered in Israel on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee was a prosperous town 2,000 years ago. This Biblical-era town may be Dalmanoutha, which is described in the Gospel of Mark, according to the Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 17. Some of the artifacts were found in the modern-day local gardens being used as garden ornaments.
If this Biblical-era find is that of Dalmanoutha, Ken Dark at the University of Reading in the U.K. and his team have unearthed a place that the Bible placed Jesus after performing one of his many miracles. Dalmanoutha is the port that Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by changing a few fish and a few loaves of bread into enough food for the masses.
In 1986, archaeologists unearthed a boat, which was dated to be about 2,000 years old, on the shoreline in the area of this latest dig. This Biblical-era town offers up new information on that boat, which was one of the biggest archaeological finds more than two decades ago.
The items found in the ancient town suggests it was prosperous during its time. The “Vessel glass and amphora” unearthed during this dig offers up a “hint at wealth,” reports Dark in the journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly.
Evidence points to this town being a fishing community and the remains of the town’s architecture, along with pottery discovered, suggest that the Jews and followers of a polytheistic religion lived side by side in this ancient town. The remains of the structures in this town, along with the many artifacts that were unearthed, suggests that this town survived for many centuries.
Some of the remains of this ancient town were being utilized by the modern day residents of Migdal, the town that stands on the grounds today. Some of the ancient artifacts were incorporated into people’s gardens as seats and garden ornaments. Researchers found as many as 40 basalt ashlar blocks in one garden. Little did these folks know that they had antiques dating back to the time when Jesus walked the earth.
After talking to the folks that have used some of the ancient artifacts for yard decorations they learned that the artifacts came from the local area, leaving researchers to believe they were originally part of the Biblical-era town. Researchers also unearthed Corinthian-style column fragments and a pagan altar during this dig.