Source: The Mail
Israeli and American archaeologists say they have likely uncovered Julias near the banks of the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias. First century Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that Julias was built around 30 AD on the ruins of Bethsaida, where the Gospel of John says Peter was born. Christians recognise Saint Peter, originally a fisherman, as one of the first followers of Jesus and the leader of the early Church. Experts have focused their search for the city on three different sites. The excavations were conducted by the Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College in Israel and directed by Dr Mordechai Aviam together with Dr R Steven Notley from Nyack College, New York, who is the excavation’s academic director Dr Aviam told AFP that one of the sites, the only one so far excavated, was believed to be the correct site.He said: ‘We have uncovered fragments of pottery, coins, and the remains of a public bath, which tends to prove that it was not a small village, but a town which may correspond to Julias.