The Sea of Galilee Boat

The Sea of Galilee Boat

By (author) Shelley Wachsmann


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On a cold, cloudy day in early February 1985, Shelley Wachsmann, then resident nautical archaeologist for the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums, drove to Kibbutz Ginosar, an agricultural settlement near the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Two brothers, avid amateur archaeologists, had found a boat buried in the lake, its outlines revealed by receding lake waters. The boat was 'possibly ancient', according to the handwritten note placed on Wachsmann's desk a day or two before. So begins the fascinating story of "The Sea of Galilee Boat", as Wachsmann narrates the intriguing discovery and painstaking excavation of the very first biblical-era boat ever found in the Sea of Galilee.

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  • Paperback | 442 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • 30 May 2009
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station
  • English
  • 92 b&w photos, 32 line drawings, 2 maps, bib., index
  • 1603441131
  • 9781603441131
  • 688,169

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Author Information

SHELLEY WACHSMANN, a distinguished nautical archaeologist, is an expert on seacraft of the Ancient Near East. Wachsmann is the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology in the nautical archaeology program at Texas A&M University.

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Review quote

"Wachsmann's engrossing account of [the boat's] excavation and restoration, enlivened by photographs and drawings, provides a well-positioned window on the biblical past...." - Publishers Weekly"

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