Arab Today, arab today massive roman mosaic in turkey uncovered
Last Updated : GMT 17:07:25
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Massive Roman mosaic in Turkey uncovered

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Massive Roman mosaic in Turkey uncovered

London - Arabstoday

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln archaeological team has uncovered a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey -- a meticulously crafted, 1,600-square-foot work of decorative handiwork built during the region\'s imperial zenith. It\'s believed to be the largest mosaic of its type in the region and demonstrates the reach and cultural influence of the Roman Empire in the area in the third and fourth centuries A.D., said Michael Hoff, Hixson-Lied professor of art history at UNL and the director of the excavation. \"Its large size signals, in no small part, that the outward signs of the empire were very strong in this far-flung area,\" Hoff said. \"We were surprised to have found a mosaic of such size and of such caliber in this region -- it\'s an area that had usually been off the radar screens of most ancient historians and archeologists, and suddenly this mosaic comes into view and causes us to change our focus about what we think (the region) was like in antiquity.\" Since 2005, Hoff\'s team has been excavating the remains of the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the southern Turkish coast. Antiochus of Commagene, a client-king of Rome, founded the city in the middle of the first century. \"This region is not well understood in terms of history and archaeology,\" Hoff said. \"It\'s not a place in which archaeologists have spent a lot of time, so everything we find adds more evidence to our understanding of this area of the Roman Empire. \"We\'re beginning to understand now that it was more Romanized, more in line with the rest of the Roman world than was suspected before. (The nature of the mosaic) hammers home how Roman this city truly is.\" Antiochia ad Cragum had many of the trappings expected of a Roman provincial city -- temples, baths, markets and colonnaded streets, said Hoff. The city thrived during the empire from an economy focused on agricultural products, especially wine and lumber. Excavation has focused on a third-century imperial temple, and also a street lined with shops. In July, the team began to explore the mosaic, which was part of a Roman bath. The decoration consists of large squares, each filled with different colored geometric designs and ornamentation. \"This would have been a very formal associated pavement attached to the bath,\" Hoff said. \"This is a gorgeous mosaic, and its size is unprecedented\" -- so large, in fact, that work crews have uncovered only an estimated 40 percent of its total area. Hoff said it appears the mosaic served as a forecourt for the adjacent large bath, and that at least on one side, evidence shows there was a roof covering the geometric squares that would have been supported by piers. Those piers\' remains are preserved, he said. Meanwhile, the middle of the mosaic was outfitted with a marble-lined, 25-foot-long pool, which would have been uncovered and open to the sun. The other half of the mosaic adjacent to the bath is expected to contain similar decoration, Hoff said. Crews expect to unearth the entire work next summer. Team members first noticed the mosaic in 2001 when a large archaeological survey project that included Hoff noticed a local farmer had plowed up pieces of a mosaic in a field next to a still-standing bath structure. The find was brought to the attention of the archeological museum in Alanya, which two years later made a minor investigation that revealed a small portion of the mosaic. Last year, the museum invited Hoff to clear the mosaic and to preserve it for tourists and scholars. Hoff\'s 60-person team also included Birol Can, assistant professor of archaeology at Atatürk University in Ezrurum, Turkey, a sister university to the University of Nebraska; students from UNL; other students from Turkey and the United States; and workers from a nearby village. About 35 students participated in the project as part of a summer field school Hoff runs. Phalin Strong, a sophomore art major from Lincoln, said the work was difficult but satisfying. \"It is strange to realize that you are the first person to see this for centuries -- a feeling that also made me think about impermanence and what importance my actions have on humanity and history,\" Strong said. Ben Kreimer, a senior journalism major, agreed: \"(Working on) the mosaic was great because the more soil you removed, the more mosaic there was,\" he said. \"Visually, it was also stunning, especially once it got cleaned off. It wasn\'t very deep under the surface of the soil, either, so … we had to be careful not to swing the handpick too hard so as not to damage the priceless mosaic that lay just inches beneath us.\" Hoff said the significance of this summer\'s discovery has him eager to return to the site and see what the rest of the excavation uncovers. \"As an archaeologist, I am always excited to make new discoveries. The fact that this discovery is so large and also not completely uncovered makes it doubly exciting,\" he said. \"I am already looking forward to next year, though I just returned from Turkey.\" From sciencedaily

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today massive roman mosaic in turkey uncovered Arab Today, arab today massive roman mosaic in turkey uncovered

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today massive roman mosaic in turkey uncovered Arab Today, arab today massive roman mosaic in turkey uncovered

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today US travel restrictions are still 'Muslim ban'

GMT 00:54 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

US travel restrictions are still 'Muslim ban'
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Israel builds settlements 'at high rate'

GMT 01:04 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

Israel builds settlements 'at high rate'
Arab Today, arab today Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks

GMT 10:13 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Personality study finds fish have hidden depths

GMT 00:43 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

Personality study finds fish have hidden depths
Arab Today, arab today China refuses visa to elderly India runner

GMT 15:01 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

China refuses visa to elderly India runner
Arab Today, arab today Botanical gardens a lifeboat

GMT 02:50 2017 Tuesday ,26 September

Botanical gardens a lifeboat
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Chevrolet's first 9-speed auto debuts

GMT 18:58 2017 Monday ,25 September

Chevrolet's first 9-speed auto debuts
Arab Today, arab today Third generation adds more power

GMT 13:40 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Third generation adds more power
Arab Today, arab today Mai Kassab happy for participating in new film

GMT 09:33 2017 Friday ,22 September

Mai Kassab happy for participating in new film
Arab Today, arab today Conditions growing dire    

GMT 09:22 2017 Monday ,25 September

Conditions growing dire    

GMT 08:56 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'

GMT 10:27 2017 Sunday ,24 September

'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 05:05 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Psychologists help Mexico deal

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 16:08 2017 Monday ,25 September

'World's heaviest woman' dies

GMT 12:09 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Taxi! Transport gets an overhaul

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:46 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday