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New Mosaics Revealed at Zeugma

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Zeugma-Mosaic-CleaningGAZIANTEP, TURKEY—Excavations this summer at the ancient Greco-Roman center of Zeugma in southern Turkey have revealed three new mosaics. They were discovered in an elaborate building known as the Muzalar House, which will now undergo stabilization. “From now on, we will work on restoration and conservation," archaeologist Kutalmış Görkay told the Hürriyet Daily News. "We plan to establish a temporary roof for long-term protection…. Excavations will be finished in the Muzalar House next year."  Görkay estimates that 25 of the city's houses are now underwater due to dam construction, but that there could be as many as 3,000 more at the site. To read more about the dramatic mosaics discovered in the city, see "Zeugma After the Flood."

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