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Roman mosaic uncovered in southern France

A Roman mosaic dating back to the 1st century B.C. has been uncovered in southern France.

The archaeologists have identified two large mosaics decorated with traditional geometric motifs framing two central medallions composed of crowns, rays and chevrons. One of the medallions is surrounded by polychrome animals – an owl, a duck, an eagle and a fawn.
Roman mosaic

“This mosaic is very impressive because of its large size, its good state of conservation and the motifs which combine classical geometric shapes and with animals. This kind of elaborate mosaic pavement is often found in the Roman world in the 1st and 2nd centuries, but this one dates back to about 200 years before that, so this is surprising”, Cayn pointed out.

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Story: Léa Surugue, IBT | Photo: Denis Gliksman-Inrap

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