1,700-year-old mosaic unveiled in Israel 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
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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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COMMENTS (3)
  • huyv-ter
    11/19/2015 - 03:44 p.m.

    Same acient Structure in the world are very old. Same seem to be imposible for mankind to creat.Some seem alien like or magic powers are need to build this structure. Do you think these structures are man made are something else

  • kayla-guz
    11/19/2015 - 04:14 p.m.

    how did they make it like that

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    11/19/2015 - 08:54 p.m.

    I think that it is cool for the people in Israel to be working on a 1,700 year old mosaic art to be unveiled to people who live in Israel which people are ready to see the 1,700 year old mosaic piece. The 1,700 year old mosaic might have been around for a long time which today people are revealing the mosaic art in Israel.

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