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2,000-Year-Old Mosaic Floors Found in Turkey

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Turkey tomb mosaicŞANLIURFA, TURKEY—Hürriyet Daily News reports that a floor mosaic has been discovered in a necropolis of nearly 80 rock-cut tombs in southeastern Turkey, near the ninth-century Urfa Castle. The mosaic depicts two men and two women, whose images are each contained in a separate square surrounded by a border. The portraits are thought to represent people been buried in the tombs. Syriac inscriptions in the mosaic are thought to date to the Edessa Kingdom, which reigned from 132 B.C. to A.D. 639. For more on archaeology in Turkey, go to “In Search of a Philosopher’s Stone.”

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