Archaeologists may have discovered Roman city


They are Israeli archaeologists who believe they have found Julias, nothing more than an ancient city of the Roman empire and also the birthplace of three of the apostles of Jesus Christ: Peter, Andrew and Philip.

The multi-layered site is now being explored at the Betsaida Valley Nature Reserve in El Araj, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. In the hope of confirming all the archaeologists’ belief in having found such a place.

It was from the north coast of the Sea of Galilee that evidence emerged that Bethsaida (Julias) mentioned in the New Testament is being unearthed. It is then believed that the site was not only a fishing village, as previously thought, but a town of the Roman empire. Such association was due to the discovery of an advanced and typically Roman bath house, explained one of the archaeologists responsible for the excavation, Mordechai Aviam.

In fact, there are two other sites that were being explored to find out if they were Julias, but after the unexpected appearance of the bathhouse and other remains of the Roman era beneath the Byzantine ruins (as they were previously known) on the site, archaeologists think This is indeed the strongest candidate for lost city where the apostles of Christ lived.

Another argument in favor of Julias having been situated in the present El-Araj, lies at the level of the sea of Galilee. Most archaeologists assert that the level of the local lake was 209 meters below sea level during the Roman period. “El-Araj certainly was not under water in the Roman period”, archeologists say. The Roman layer discovered was 211 meters below sea level.

This Roman layer contained fragments of pottery, mosaics and the ruins of a seaside resort. In addition, two coins were found, one bronze from the end of the second century BC and a silver denarius with the portrait of Emperor Nero, dated Years 65-66 a. C.