June 27, 20080
Today, Saturday, is an orientation and tour day. We will spend the morning up at Sussita, learning about the site and discussing the work that begins tomorrow.
From Sussita, we will then head north to visit several Christian sites: Kursi (commemorating the casting of the demons into the swine), Capernaum (home base of the ministry of Jesus), Heptapegon (commemorating the feeding of the five thousand), and then the modern site commemorating the Sermon on the Mount. Should time permit, we will also visit Tiberias, as we complete the circumnavigation of the lake.
These sites have spiritual importance for Christians, and they also give participants a glimpse of the Byzantine archaeology they will be uncovering.