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Beautiful old mosaic discovered in Israel

The Lod mosaic that was recently exposed. (Photo: Niki Davidov, Israel Antiquities Authority)

An incredible more than 1,700 year-old mosaic has been uncovered by archaeologists in Israel.

Earlier this month experts discovered the wonderful Roman-era artifact in the city of Lod in central Israel. Ironically, the excavations prior to the construction of a museum to showcase other ancient mosaics found on the site.

In 1996, road workers found a Roman mosaic floor, the excavation turned out to be was part of a luxury 4th century A. D. Roman villa. “We have found evidence for a Mediterranean atmosphere which is so characteristic for the Roman Empire, including characteristics such as fresco paintings on the wall,” says Dr. Amir Gorzalczany, who is in charge of the current excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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Rectangular patches on the mosaic may indicate where the banks are placed.

The uncovering of the mosaic. (Photo: Amir Gorzalczany, Israel Antiquities Authority)

The recently discovered mosaic will be displayed in the new museum, The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Archaeology Center, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Similar to the mosaic, first discovered in 1996, the animals function in the newly excavated piece. “The figures, much comparable with the figures in the earlier mosaics, consist of fish, and winged creatures,” said Gorzalczany. “A fairly similar mosaic was in the past in Jerusalem, on the Mount Zion slopes. The Lod mosaics, however, do not depict human figures that are present in the Mount Zion mosaic.”

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“It is very likely that the same artist produced both the mosaics, or that the two artists worked from a similar design,” he added.

The Lod mosaic was discovered in 1996. (Photo: Niki Davidov, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Other mosaics have also been discovered in Israel. In a separate project, researchers have discovered a stunning mosaic of a biblical scene on the site of an ancient synagogue in Northern Israel.

Archaeologists are constantly shedding new light on the rich history. Experts, for example, the recently unearthed an extremely rare old clay amulet with a blessing in Arabic.

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Earlier this year, experts announced the discovery of a site that can offer a new insight into the ancient biblical kingdom of David and Solomon. In another project, a treasure of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were recently discovered near the temple mount in Jerusalem.

The Lod mosaic was discovered in 1996. (Photo: Niki Davidov, Israel Antiquities Authority)

In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a clay seal mark, that may bear the signature of the biblical Prophet Isaiah.

Last November, there are new facts dated Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Tomb from the Roman period, matching historical records.

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Other finds include the skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back 3200 years, in Israel’s Timna Valley, a place once known as “King Solomon’s Mines.

On the site of an ancient city on the West Bank, archaeologists are also hunting for evidence of the tabernacle, which once housed the Ark of the Covenant.

Some experts also believe they have the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip.

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