Monday, September 19, 2022

Byzantine-era mosaic found in Gaza

DECORATIVE ART: Unearthed Byzantine mosaic hailed as one of Gaza’s greatest archaeological treasures. Discovered and painstakingly excavated by an olive farmer planting a tree, find sparks excitement among archeologists, but also concern it could be damaged in conflict-ravaged zone (FARES AKRAM, Times of Israel).
The patch of land holding the mosaic is about 500 square meters (5,400 square feet) and three dug-out spots reveal glimpses of the mosaic.

The largest of the holes in the ground, about 2 meters by 3 meters (6 feet by 9 feet), has the 17 drawings of animals. The other two show intricate patterns of tiles. Roots of an old olive tree have damaged parts of the mosaic, which appears to be about 23 square meters (250 square feet) altogether in size.

According to archaeologist René Elter, the mosaic dates to the fifth to seventh centuries CE. There are photos.

The Jerusalem Post also covers the story: Gaza farmer uncovers Ancient Byzantine-era mosaic floors - watch. The Byzantine-era site was uncovered about half a mile away from the border with Israel by Suleiman al-Nabahin, a Gazan farmer (Tzvi Joffre). There is a video.

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