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Mosaic of early Byzantine period was discovered in Syria

            

During the excavations carried out in the archaeological area of ​​Uqeirbat in the northern part of Syria, a great early Byzantine mosaic was unearthed.



According to the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), the huge mosaic, measuring 450 square meters, is the second largest mosaic in Syria after the mosaic in Tayebt al-Imam.

According to DGAM director Mahmoud Hamoud, the mosaic is part of a church floor dating back to the 5th century AD and depicting various religious scenes.

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Hamoud said, "There are various rare geometric, vegetal and animal forms such as stages of fertility and renewal life-tree, as well as known religious associations such as scenes, peacocks, waterbirds, black pigeons, sheep and deer."

The mosaic contains 14 Greek written texts within the geometric frameworks of the names of the authors' financiers.

The mosaic church consists of three sections separated by columns: a main central area and a façade on both sides. The church walls were built of hard limestone, which still existed.

The Uqeirbat archaeological site was discovered three months ago after the cleansing of the Syrian army of the Syrian army, which informed the MGM about the findings. Since then, the Directorate has been constantly working to uncover the mosaic that was removed and relayed to the Hama National Museum.

The Uqeirbat archaeological site was located three months before the Syrian Arab army scans the remains of Dash terrorists who informed the DGAM about the finding. Since then, the Directorate has been constantly working to uncover the mosaic that was removed and relayed to the Hama National Museum.

( Mosaic Gymnasium in Konya with Photos )


Syrian Arab News Agency. April 26, 2018.

            

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