Photo: Hanan Shafir

The Capital of the Kingdom of Geshur

Who knows what surprises Bethsaida may still be waiting to reveal? Likely the fortified city of Geshur from the Hebrew Bible, in the New Testament Bethsaida was the site of some of Jesus’ most important miracles and the birthplace of three apostles.

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In 2015, excavations began on a tunnel that links the palace to the area between the city walls. Although we have read about escape tunnels in the Bible, no such tunnel has been discovered in archaeology. We are excavating the tunnel beginning at the palace entrance.
Also in 2015, a tower just opposite the palace was discovered. It will be fascinating to find out if the tunnel and tower are connected in some way. During the 2015 season, we began to uncover a 10th-century city gate. This is a significant discovery and contributes to the ongoing dialogue between historians and archaeologists concerning the 10th century.

Carl Savage

Carl SavageCarl Savage is Associate Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Drew University.

Dig Directors

Carl Savage

Geographic Location

1 mile off the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee

Periods of Occupation

Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman

Dates of the Dig

The 2017 season has been canceled.

Minimum Stay

2 weeks

Application Due




Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution



Participants will stay at the beautiful Ginosar Village. Pricing includes accommodations and all meals, laundry service and transportation from the airport to the hotel, as well as transportation to/from the dig site. All kibbutz amenities are available for Bethsaida volunteers, including hotel and pool. Weekends are yours to rest, travel and tour at your leisure.


Carl Savage
Drew University
36 Madison Ave
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: 973-408-3586

Open for tours


Take a video tour of the site with BAS’s Director of Educational programs, Sarah K. Yeomans.