A town over 2,000 years old located in the Ginosar Valley of Israel along the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee may be the ancient, historical town previously relegated to Biblical tales. Dalmanutha which is also written as Dalmanoutha, is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark as the town where Jesus went to after multiplying fish and bread to feed 4,000 people with what should have only fed a few.
According to the New International Version of the Bible in Mark chapter 8, verses 10-13, Jesus “got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it. ‘Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.”
Ken Dark from the University of Reading within the United Kingdom was responsible for the discovery of the town when he took a team out to survey the region during a field study. Archaeologists found a boat in 1986 that also dated back 2,000 years next to the shoreline where this city was discovered. These archaeologists hope that the recent discovery of the town will provide deeper explanations relating to the ship.
The placement of this newly discovered ancient town is placed within only 500 feet of another historical town that has recently been rediscovered, Magdala.
Ken Dark suggests that the town believed to be the Biblical Dalmanutha was a prosperous town for the era of its peak. He wrote in the journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly, “Vessel glass and amphora hint at wealth. Weights and stone anchors, along with the access to beaches suitable for landing boats and, of course, the first-century boat all imply an involvement with fishing.”