Palestinian farmer discovers ancient Byzantine mosaic under his olive grove


Author: Clark Tos
2022-10-01 15:47:02

Ancient mosaics appear in surprising places. From the city of London to a coffee table in New York, to Italian vineyards and English fields, mosaics are being discovered all over the world.

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And for good reason, this is explained in particular by the fact that the Roman Empire and its descendant the Byzantine Empire were particularly prolific creators of mosaics. Recently, a stunning new example of Byzantine craftsmanship was unearthed completely by chance, this time by a Palestinian farmer from Gaza digging in his olive grove.

Six months ago, Salman al-Nabahin was worried that the seedlings of his olive trees were not taking root. Accompanied by his son, he began to dig to find the source of the problem. When the son's ax hit something hard like stone, they discovered a vast mosaic of stone representing magnificent birds and animals. 'I did some research on the internet. We learned that it was a mosaic belonging to the Byzantine era. I see it as a treasure, more expensive than a treasure. It is not personal, it belongs to every Palestinian” said the farmer.

Without waiting, Salman al-Nabahin alerted the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. In recent months, the mosaic has been fully excavated by Palestinian researchers and international experts from the French Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem. It is remarkably well preserved and intact, dating from the 5th and 7th centuries AD. This corresponds to the period of Byzantine rule in Palestine, from 390 to around 634 CE.

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An exceptional discovery

'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' reports the team's archaeologist, René Elter. Around the floor are also remnants of walls and glass artifacts. This discovery is not only beautiful, it also promises to teach archaeologists and historians more about life in ancient Palestine.

Crédit : Ramy Majed Al Nabaheen / Facebook

Crédit : Ramy Majed Al Nabaheen / Facebook

Crédit : Ramy Majed Al Nabaheen / Facebook

Source : REUTERS