Saturday, April 25, 2009

A history of excavations in Bethsaida

Stephen Rosenberg writes in the Jerusalem Post about excavations on the site of the city Bethsaida going back to the 10th Century BCE. In the Hellenistic Period, two houses have been identified, one with fishing materials and one with wine bottles:

The fisherman's house contained lead weights and anchors, as well as fishhooks and needles, everything a fisherman and his wife needed for their trade. The wine merchant and his family had the necessary house cellar and will have drawn their stock of vines from the hills above the city, where the green valleys are both shaded and facing the sun, ideal for the vines of Roman times and likewise for those of today, which provide the fine wines of the Golan.

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