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Ancient courtyard mosaic found in Israel

A high-quality mosaic has been found in the courtyard of a 1,700-year-old villa in Israel. In June–November 2014 a team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority directed a large excavation in the Neve Yerek neighborhood of Lod, in an area where a breathtaking mosaic that served as the living room

How the Alexander mosaic was used by the Romans

DiscoveryNews has an interesting article about how the Romans would have used the Alexander mosaic in Pompeii. Once the visitors had entered the room -- we might imagine a group of dinner-guests led by their host -- the tour would begin with Darius and his Persians. The host would have stood above

Artisan’s footprints found under 1,700-year-old mosaic

The footprints of the artisans who built a mosaic floor in Lod, Israel have been discovered underneath the work. As the conservation experts worked on the plaster bedding to be done before detaching the mosaic, they were surprised to notice there were ancient foot and sandal prints beneath it. Clearly, the

Summer home of Emperor Vespasian, the Coliseum builder, found

Archaeologists in Italy may have found the summer villa of the Roman Emperor Vespasian. Four years of digs led by archeologist Filippo Coarelli of the University of Perugia have uncovered an ornate villa with marble quarried in North Africa and ornate mosaic floors, Stampa said. While no inscription has been found

Angel’s face uncovered at Istanbul’s Haghia Sophia cathedral

Restoration work has uncovered a long-hidden mosaic of an angel's face at Istanbul's Byzantine cathedral - the Hagia Sophia. The seraphim figure is one of two located on the side of a dome. The figures had been covered up along with the building's other Christian mosaics shortly after Constantinople - the

1,700 year old Roman mosaic re-exposed in Israel

In 1996 an amazing Roman mosaic was found in Israel, but due to funding problems it was recovered until the 13-year dig was completed. The 1,700 year old mosaic floor, which is one of the most magnificent and largest mosaics ever revealed in Israel, was first uncovered in the city of