By Viva Sarah Press

Byzantine-era mosaic uncovered in kibbutz fields


Archaeologists say the mosaic is unique because of the large number of motifs incorporated in one carpet.

The Israel Antiquities Authority recently uncovered a magnificent mosaic dating to the Byzantine period in the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama, during an archaeological excavation being carried out prior to the construction of a new highway interchange in the area.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said the well-preserved mosaic was found among the remains of a settlement that extends across more than six dunams on the kibbutz’s farmland.

Dr. Rina Avner of the Israel Antiquities Authority, who is directing the dig, says archaeologists found a large hall measuring 12 meters long by 8.5 meters wide. The hall’s impressive opening and the breathtaking mosaic that adorns its floor suggest that the structure was a public building.

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