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 authority has uncovered a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor.  Archaeologists found 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 in a wealthy neighborhood.  It stood during the Roman and Byzantine eras. The scenes include hunting animals, fish, vases and birds.
 
"The quality of the images portrayed in the mosaic indicates a highly developed artistic ability," said Amir Gorzalczany. He directed the excavation.
 
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 discovered 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 has also been at the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. It currently can be seen at the Cini Gallery in Venice, Italy.  It is expected to return to Lod after the visitors' center is complete.

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Why was the mosaic found in an affluent neighborhood?
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COMMENTS (88)
  • noahk-ter
    11/19/2015 - 02:50 p.m.

    These kinds of things interst me, it would be very interesting if this had anything to do with religion or the Bible

  • william1108-yyca
    11/19/2015 - 07:29 p.m.

    I think that the floor looks just like a regular floor. I think that it is not so great. Maybe I will want to see it. Maybe or maybe not. So I will search up if it is actually unique so I can actually find out why it is so good.

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    11/19/2015 - 07:46 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because in paragraph two it says "it paved the courtyard of a villa in a wealthy neighborhood." I thought this was interesting because in paragraph three Amir Gorzalczany explained that the quality of the artwork was very amazing. Also it said that the mosaic was 36-42 feet, which is very large.

  • gabriellek-1-bar
    11/19/2015 - 08:56 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because it paved the court yard in the wealthy neighborhood. Mosaic's of that size must have cost a lot of money to build, but even more money to build that large. The only people that would have been able to afford that 1,700 years ago were all the wealthy land owners. This is interesting because 1,700 years later the mosaic was found and the mosaic still looks in really good shape so they must have used strong building materials. This surprised me that the mosaic was moved from Israeli to a museum in New York. They must have been really careful not to break such an old piece of art.

  • jackr-2-bar
    11/19/2015 - 08:57 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because this neighborhood must have been very wealthy during the roman byzantine era, so it could afford the expensive large piece of art work. Something that I found interesting about this article is that the archaeologists found two large mosaics in the same villa.

  • darianv-3-bar
    11/19/2015 - 09:02 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an wealthy or affluent neighborhood because the mosaic is very unique and was painted by an extraordinary painter, so it deserves a very wealthy and affluent neighborhood. My evidence is that when they say, "The quality of the images portrayed in the mosaic indicates a highly developed artistic ability," means that it was painted by a very good painter.
    I think the article is very interesting because i don't know how a huge mosaic that was painted 17,000 years ago could have not been discovered any sooner.

  • yuaw-3-bar
    11/19/2015 - 09:19 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because it was a part of a paved court yard in a villa, which is a large and luxurious county residence in a wealthy neighborhood.
    I thought this article was very interesting because when they found the mosaic, it had been next to a mosaic that they had found in the 1990s which covered the villas living room, and this one covers its courtyard so it was like a puzzle piece coming together. I also thought this was interesting because they mentioned the Metropolitan Museum and the Louvre in Paris where they kept the other mosaic and I could relate to that since I went to both museums this year.

  • johnd-3-bar
    11/19/2015 - 09:32 p.m.

    It was found in a affluent neighborhood because it belonged to a wealthy family. "It belonged to a court yard of a villa" Only wealthy people live in villa's And wealthy people live in wealthy towns. So since the people who made it were wealthy the placed it was discovered used to be wealthy. It was an interesting article.

  • melissaj-Ste
    11/19/2015 - 09:33 p.m.

    This is awesome. It is always amazing to find a new piece of history. Sometimes, well all of the time, I wish I could go back in history just to watch it for the 100% truth. It is another example of culture that will definitely not be destroyed because it is also a piece of history.

  • gregorys-6-bar
    11/20/2015 - 01:03 a.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent area because the Romans may have wanted to make something in Israel.
    This can be supported when the article states how nice it was, this is supportive because the Romans wouldn't build something that nice if it wasn't for something. This is a very interesting topic because I'm baffled by how perfect it was. It was found while making a visitor center to inform visitors about the place.

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