Discovery and Excavation
When was it discovered? St Peter’s house was discovered in a series of excavations which began on the 16th of April 1968. Excavations on the site itself started on the 30th of October of the same year.
Who discovered St Peter’s House? The excavations in Capernaum were led by Father Virgilio Corba a Franciscan. Corba was an extremely experienced archaeologist whose previous work included the excavation of a Herodion fortress. It was this experience which helped greatly in the finding of St Peter’s House. The leader of the team that worked directly on the excavation of St Peter’s House itself was Father Stanislao Loffreda.
What discoveries were made? It was discovered following excavations beneath an octagonal Byzantine Church which had been discovered in 1921. Upon digging beneath the floor of the church the excavators discovered several artefacts which have been dated as coming from the 1st Century. They also discovered a series of pavements each dating from different times which they believe is a sign that the house was enlarged at a later date.
What has happened since the original excavations? Since the first excavations Father Corbo oversaw the restoration of the site and the preparation of the site as a place of pilgrimage. On the 29th June 1990 a new memorial to St Peter was inaugurated at the site and worship recommenced.