Carbon dating, pottery found at the site and the advice of John Richard Steffy, expert on early ship construction, helped determine that the boat dates back to sometime between 100 BC to AD 200.
Since the discovery of the Sea of Galilee boat, public interest has continued, Wachsmann said. His book, “The Sea of Galilee Boat: An Extraordinary 2000 Year Old Discovery,” won the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for best popular book published in archaeology in 1995-1996.
Wachsmann said it could not be proven that the boat was of Jesus’ time.
“The boat in artists’ Raphael, Delacroix and Rembrandt’s paintings, like that of ‘The Storm on the Sea of Galilee’ by Rembrandt, don’t have anything in common. No one knew what the boat looked like,” Wachsmann said, adding that the boat’s discovery has shed light on such a mystery and resembles boats mentioned in both the Bible and the works of Flavius Josephus.
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