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 unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor.  Archaeologists found it last year while building a visitors' center meant to display another mosaic, 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 an affluent neighborhood that 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, who directed the excavation.
 
The new mosaic was found just a few yards from the first one, in what is today 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 displayed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is currently on display 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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  • seanj-ver
    11/19/2015 - 02:33 p.m.

    That is really cool. How could a 1700 year old mosaic be preserved so well?

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    11/19/2015 - 08:51 p.m.

    I think that it is amazing for Israel's antiquities to have found a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor. I think that mosaics that are really old are an amazing find because you can't find that anywhere. I think that the mosaic floor is a cool design as well.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    11/19/2015 - 09:04 p.m.

    I think this is cool because the two mosaics were found to be in the same villa. The newer one was found in the courtyard of the villa. This is a random and discovery discovery because archaeologists found it while building a visitor's center for the older mosaic. It is hard to believe that the two mosaics were inside the same villa.
    Why was the mosaic found in an affluent neighborhood?
    Answer: The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because it was found in a villa that was part of an affluent neighborhood.

  • brianag-6-bar
    11/19/2015 - 10:46 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because that was the place that mosaic's scenes happened. According to the text "The scenes included hunting animals, fish, vases and birds." I feel that the mosaics were very original because usually the mosaics that I've heard of usually use people and not animals, and usually they are on the walls not the floor, which I find interexting. I chose this article because I wanted to learn more about this mosaic floor.

  • michaely-6-bar
    11/19/2015 - 11:01 p.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because archaeologists found it last year. While building a visitor's center. They meant to display another mosaic but discovered one two decades earlier at the same place. I think that is cool how they managed to have to mosaics for the price of one and at the same place as each other.

  • oscarb-1-bar
    11/20/2015 - 12:16 a.m.

    The mosaic was found in a affluent neighborhood because it was a large and good quality. Affluent mean wealthy so these thing in that time period were hard to get and cost a lot. In a wealthy neighborhood they would be able to afford these kinds of tall 36 feet by 42 feet paintings. I think it is very cool that they can find these artifacts and know what was around it.

  • jacks-6-bar
    11/20/2015 - 12:31 a.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because that probably only a rich society could behold such a magnificent one. Amir Gorzalczany, the director of the excavation, states " The quality of the images portrayed in the mosaic indicates a highly developed artistic ability." This helps illustrates how wondrous the mosaic is. The fact that it took high, exclusive artistic ability, making the mosaic what it is, it probably cost a lot back 1,700 years ago (the approximate date from when the mosaic was made). Only affluent neighborhoods could've afforded such a masterpiece as this. The article also states "…the Roman-era mosaic measures 36 feet by 42 feet." Not only does it have luxurious craftsmanship, but on a grand scale. The scale, with the supplies and tiles to make it, contributed to a large factor of the cost. Also, there was, being such a large space, a lot of art. The mosaic possesses quality and quantity to art. Such a package must've resulted in a large, final price to the entire, luxurious mosaic--and affluent neighborhoods are usually the one's to only afford things luxurious and as high priced as this, being rich.
    The article set me in awe, and was informative; the mosaic was much larger than I had expected, being 36 feet by 42 feet. Before having read the article, I hardly knew art could get this large and yet so detailed.

  • sofiat-4-bar
    11/20/2015 - 01:09 a.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because they were building a visitors center for another mosaic found 2 years before in the same location. "The authority said the Roman-era mosaic measures 36 feet by 42 feet. It paved the courtyard of a villa in an affluent neighborhood that stood during the Roman and Byzantine eras." Thats pretty big. I think its funny how they found it when they were making a facility to display another mosaic.

  • maxwellc-3-bar
    11/20/2015 - 02:08 a.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because "It paved the courtyard of a villa [...] during the Roman and Byzantine eras." This means that possibly the buildings and structures must be more recent than the mosaic and in the time period or era it was created in, may have had a different economy or wealth status and it may have been that the artist was wealthy and had the money or resources to buy the materials to make this mosaic.

  • nicholasl-2-bar
    11/20/2015 - 04:28 a.m.

    The mosaic was found in an affluent neighborhood because the mosaic is thousands of years old, so it may have been buried underground and people found it when they dug it up. This is true because it says that Amir Gorzalczany directed the excavation, which means that they dug up an area. I was surprised that we are still finding new things like old mosaics. I also was surprised that the mosaic was found where there was already something built there.

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