Ornate Byzantine floor mosaic dating from 5th to 7th century AD is discovered

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An ornate Byzantine floor mosaic dating from the 5th to 7th century AD was discovered by chance by a Palestinian farmer in Gaza.

The sidewalk includes several panels depicting colorful birds, animals, and other features of social life.

Salman al-Nabahin discovered it six months ago while working in his olive grove in the Bureij refugee camp, about 800 meters from the border with Israel.

He was working with his son when they found that some trees had not taken root well.

The two started digging, before his son’s ax hit something hard and unusual in appearance, which the farmer would later describe as a “treasure” that “belongs to every Palestinian”.

Discovered: An ornate Byzantine floor mosaic dating from the 5th to 7th century AD was discovered by chance by a Palestinian farmer in Gaza

The sidewalk features several panels depicting colorful birds, animals, and other social life features

The sidewalk features several panels depicting colorful birds, animals, and other social life features

Salman al-Nabahin discovered it six months ago while working in his olive grove in the Bureij refugee camp, about 800 meters from the border with Israel.

Salman al-Nabahin discovered it six months ago while working in his olive grove in the Bureij refugee camp, about 800 meters from the border with Israel.

“I searched the internet… We learned that it was a mosaic belonging to the Byzantine era,” al-Nabahin said.

“I see it as a treasure, more expensive than a treasure. It’s not personal, it belongs to every Palestinian.

According to experts, the brightly colored mosaic floors date from the 5th to 7th centuries CE and include 17 images of animals and birds.

The area of ​​land under which the mosaic sits is approximately 5,400 square feet.

“Archaeological discovery is still in its early stages and we are waiting to learn more about the secrets and values ​​of civilization,” the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said.

The ministry added that it was working with international experts and scientists from the French School of Biblical and Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

The two began to dig, before his son's ax hit something hard and unusual in appearance, which the farmer would later describe as a

The two started digging, before his son’s ax hit something hard and unusual in appearance, which the farmer would later describe as a “treasure” that “belongs to every Palestinian”.

“I searched the internet… We learned that it was a mosaic belonging to the Byzantine era,” al-Nabahin said.

According to experts, the brightly colored mosaic floors date from the 5th to 7th centuries AD and include 17 images of animals and birds.

According to experts, the brightly colored mosaic floors date from the 5th to 7th centuries AD and include 17 images of animals and birds.

“Archaeological discovery is still in its early stages and we are waiting to learn more about the secrets and values ​​of civilization,” the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said.

The ministry added that it was working with international experts and scientists from the French School of Biblical and Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

The ministry added that it was working with international experts and scientists from the French School of Biblical and Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

“These are the most beautiful mosaic floors discovered in Gaza, both in terms of the quality of the graphic representation and the complexity of the geometry,” said René Elter, of the archaeological school.

“Never have mosaic floors of this finesse, this precision in graphics and the richness of colors been discovered in the Gaza Strip.”

Gaza is rich in antiquities, having been an important place of trade for civilizations dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians and Philistines depicted in the Bible, to the Roman Empire and the Crusades.

Several discoveries have been made in recent years.

However, due to a lack of funds and skilled professionals, Gaza has generally invited international groups to help with the excavation and preservation process.

“These are the most beautiful mosaic floors discovered in Gaza, both in terms of the quality of the graphic representation and the complexity of the geometry,” said René Elter, of the archaeological school.

Gaza is rich in antiquities, having been an important place of trade for civilizations dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians and Philistines depicted in the Bible, to the Roman Empire and the Crusades.

Gaza is rich in antiquities, having been an important place of trade for civilizations dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians and Philistines depicted in the Bible, to the Roman Empire and the Crusades.

However, due to a lack of funds and skilled professionals, Gaza has generally invited international groups to help with the excavation and preservation process.

However, due to a lack of funds and skilled professionals, Gaza has generally invited international groups to help with the excavation and preservation process.

Farmer Salman al-Nabahin was working with his son when they found that some trees had not taken root properly

Farmer Salman al-Nabahin was working with his son when they found that some trees had not taken root properly

“Never have mosaic floors of this finesse, this precision in the graphics and the richness of the colors been discovered in the Gaza Strip,” said René Elter.

WHAT IS THE MYSTERIOUS ROMAN MOSAIC DISCOVERED IN ISRAEL?

Three seemingly prosperous men are depicted in the 1,800-year-old mosaic that was unearthed in Caesarea, an ancient port city

Three seemingly prosperous men are depicted in the 1,800-year-old mosaic that was unearthed in Caesarea, an ancient port city

A team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered an ancient Roman mosaic in Caesarea National Park in Israel in 2018.

The intricate mosaic is thought to be around 1,800 years old, dating to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD

It features a colorful geometric pattern, three prosperous-looking men, as well as a mysterious Greek inscription

The patterns were formed using small tesserae, carefully laid out at approximately 12,000 stones per square meter.

It is unclear who the men were or what type of building the mosaic was part of, although experts say it may have been an elite mansion

Scientists came across the mosaic as they excavated another Byzantine-era building above it

The building is believed to have been an “agora”, which is the ancient Greek term for an open-air market or town square.

Archaeologists are struggling to decipher the significance of the inscription, although it has been damaged by the building above.

They also try to preserve the parts of the mosaic that have been exposed, to prevent further deterioration.

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