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Syria: Land Mine Search Unearths Incredible Byzantine Mosaics

Health Editor’s Note: As reported in Sputnik, the work of war has led to some spectacular  archaeological finds. Careful detection of land mines has led to the discovery of beautiful ancient mosaics from the Byzantine era. Antiquities experts are on the scene of these discoveries and are working to get them ready for transport to facilities for later renovation.

Mosaics are pieces of art using small pieces of colored stone, glass, or other materials such as ivory, shells, and glazed tiles. The oldest mosaics rediscovered to date are from a temple building in Mesopotamia and are dated to be from the second half of the 3rd millennium BCE. Mosaics were often used in floors and one of the most favored subjects were mythological scenes. Daily life activities such as hunting with dogs, fishing, arts, crafts, and agriculture were also favorite subject matter for mosaics. Below is one of the oldest mosaics from a temple in Ubaid, Mesopotamia…..Carol


Syrian Army Unearths Ancient Byzantine Mosaics in Hama

Divisions of the Syrian army have come across ancient mosaics dating back to the Byzantine era, while clearing mines in a rural area around Hama.

photo by Mohammad Najm

Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, Abdel Qader Farzat, the head of Hama Museums and Antiquities Department in Hama said that “valuable artefacts have been found outside Akerbat, which lies 85 kilometers east of Hama. When the first reports from the military arrived, a group of our experts traveled to the scene and determined that the mosaic dates back to the Byzantine epoch. It was created in the first half of the fifth century. The large-sized mosaic features birds and is covered with a 1.5-meter layer of earth.”

photo by Mohammad Najm

“As we were digging the newly found mosaic out, we spotted yet another one, just 80 centimeters away. The second one lies not that deep, it’s 7×8 meters in size. The image shows peacocks, ducks, pigeons, plants and animals, geometrical figures as well as six Greek lines. One of its sides is semi-circular, which might have housed an apsidal altar in a church,” he added.

According to the speaker, the excavation works have now entered the third week. The best specialists with the Antiquities Department are engaged in cleaning up the artifacts so that they could be transported to laboratories for renovation later on.

Once all the work is done, the objects will be put on public display, Farzat noted.

The Syrian army seized control of Akerbat in September 3, 2017. Combat engineers have been de-mining the territory, including rural and deserted parts of the country ever since. Only because the search for mines was so thorough was it possible to find the archaeological discovery.

https://sputniknews.com/society/201801221060971503-syrian-army-unearths-acncient-byzantine-mosaics-hama/    Sputnik Media Partner

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master's of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen - two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie - two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia - and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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One Reply to “Syria: Land Mine Search Unearths Incredible Byzantine Mosaics

  1. I hate that computerized voice over. It sounds bloody awful. What’s the matter with people? Is the human race going to loose its voice as well as its mind?
    Better guard these new finds or the owner of Hobby Lobby will steal them.
    These are terrific finds. Hope they are carefully recovered and restored.
    With Rump’s latest call for more war in the middle east, the best we can hope for is for the people to be able to survive.

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