A group of archeologists claims to have found the birthplace of three of Jesus' apostles near the sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
Known as the "lost Roman City of Julias," the area is believed to be the home town of Peter, Philip and Peter's brother Andrew. They are among the earliest of Jesus' followers.
Julias is also believed to have been built on the ruins of Bethsaida, a fishing village populated by Jews.
The researchers excavated the site under the auspices of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College in Israel. Dr Mordechai Aviam and Dr R Steven Notley fled the project.
In an interview, Dr Aviam said: "We have uncovered fragments of pottery, coins, and the remains of a public bath, which tends to prove that it was not a small village, but a town which may correspond to Julias."
The site is close to the area where Jesus miraculously fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, according to the gospel of Luke.