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Byzantine Mosaics Uncovered In South Israel

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There are amazing photos of the mosaics if you follow the link.

An extraordinary mosaic from the Byzantine era has been discovered in Kibbutz Bet Qama in southern Israel, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The massive installation is estimated to be around 1,500 years old.

The mosaic was discovered when Israel made plans to extend Highway 6, the Trans-Israel Highway. A survey of the proposed route uncovered the remains of a Byzantine village, of which the mosaic floor was the most outstanding find, according to Haaretz.

The mosaic served as the floor of a building measuring 40 feet by 26 feet. Based on its size and ornamental nature, the IAA excavation team believes it was a public building.

The mosaic is composed of three circles inscribed in squares and filled with geometric patterns, according to Live Science. The edges of these shapes are adorned with doves, partridges, citrus fruit and amphorae, ancient wine jugs.

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