Employees of Israel’s antiquities authority work on a 1,700-year-old Roman-era mosaic floor in Lod, Israel, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
1,700-year-old mosaic unveiled in Israel
November 19, 2015
Israel's antiquities leader has found a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor. Archaeologists came upon it last year. It was found while a visitors' center was being built to display another mosaic. The first one was discovered two decades earlier at the same location.
The authority said the Roman-era mosaic measures 36 feet by 42 feet. It paved the courtyard of a villa. It was part of a well-off neighborhood. It stood during the Roman and Byzantine eras. The scenes include hunting animals and fish. They also include vases and birds.
"The quality of the images indicates a highly developed artistic ability," said Amir Gorzalczany. He directed the dig.
The new mosaic was found just a few yards from the first one. Today, the location is in the central Israeli city of Lod.
The authority said the mosaic found in the 1990s covered the villa's living room. The newly discovered one was in its courtyard.
The original mosaic has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It was shown at the Louvre in Paris. And it was also on view at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. It can be seen now at the Cini Gallery in Venice, Italy. It is expected to return to Lod after the visitors' center is complete.
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