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THE SAILBOAT depicted on this mosaic from a magnificent villa south of the synagogue attests to Magdala’s thriving commerce. Unlike “the Galilee Boat” discovered sunk in the mud near Magdala on the shore of Kibbutz Ginnosar in 1986, this is not a fishing boat but a merchant vessel. Other items indicating local production and trade include fish (bottom right), a drinking cup (center), measuring tools and a pair of baskets (top).