Biblical Archaeology Review 32:3, May/June 2006

The Spade Hits Sussita

BAR Article—“Sussita Awaits the Spade”—Leads to Excavation

By Arthur SegalMichael Eisenberg

Fifteen years ago, I (Arthur Segal) sat in my study reading an article in BAR by Vassilios Tzaferis about Sussita, a dramatic site overlooking the Sea of Galilee that had been destroyed in a violent earthquake in 749 C.E. and had never been resettled. The columns of a church at the center of the site were still lying on the ground like toothpicks, just where they had fallen 1,250 years ago.

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