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.
Nicholas Burns is director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs (2005-08), ambassador to NATO (2001-05), and ambassador to Greece (1997-2001). Jonathon Price is deputy director of the Aspen Strategy Group. Joseph S. Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and chair of the National Intelligence Council. Brent Scowcroft, U.S. Army Lieutenant General, retired, served as national security adviser to President Gerald Ford and President H. W. Bush and is the founder and president of the Scowcroft Group.