Roman mosaics

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A cool find:

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Vineyard in Negrar (near Verona). That's all I know.
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It's beautiful. Wonder how it got covered up.
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sparks wrote: Wed May 27, 2020 12:40 am It's beautiful. Wonder how it got covered up.
And how they found it. But the Web is mute for now.

In the Middle East (and elsewhere) there are tells:
In archaeology, a tell or tel (derived from Arabic: تَل‎, tall, 'mound' or 'small hill'), is an artificial mound formed from the accumulated remains of mudbricks and other refuse of generations of people living on the same site for hundreds or thousands of years. A classic tell looks like a low, truncated cone with sloping sides and can be up to 30 metres high.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tell_(archaeology)

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Tel Megiddo (Armageddon)
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The press has caught up with the event, but only one new pic:

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This just seems unbelievable to me. How can something that intricate and beautiful be so well pressed for over 1000 years under topsoil? Shouldn't it have been reduced to dust by now? Shouldn't it have been punctured by hundreds of tree roots? Dissolved by acid rain? Devoured by microbes? Come on, look at it! Its flawless and still has color. This is hand-made tile floor, not a gold statue.

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Bruce wrote: Thu May 28, 2020 12:08 am My BS meter is twitching....
:mrgreen:

Take your pick, Bruce: https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=roman+m ... hed+verona (Not all are from Verona, but these finds aren't really rare.)
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Pretty much dig anywhere in some areas and you'll find something interesting.
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Here's a nice one:

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Mosaic floor with the head of Medusa, 115 – 150 AD, Rome (now in the Getty Museum).
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Baiae (Italian: Baia; Neapolitan: Baia) was an ancient Roman town situated on the northwest shore of the Gulf of Naples and now in the comune of Bacoli. It was a fashionable resort for centuries in antiquity, particularly towards the end of the Roman Republic, when it was reckoned as superior to Capri, Pompeii, and Herculaneum by the super-rich, who built luxurious villas here from 100 BC to AD 500. It was notorious for its hedonistic offerings and the attendant rumours of corruption and scandal.

The lower part of the town later became submerged in the sea due to local volcanic, bradyseismic activity which raised or lowered the land, and recent underwater archaeology has revealed many of the fine buildings now protected in the submerged archaeological park.
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Witness wrote: Sat May 30, 2020 3:10 am Here's a nice one:

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Mosaic floor with the head of Medusa, 115 – 150 AD, Rome (now in the Getty Museum).
Looks like Alexander. But damn that's beautiful.
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Archaeologist working on the restoration of an Ancient Roman mosaic representing Apollo, the god of music & arts. Discovered in the Terme de Traiano (Baths of Trajan) near the Ancient Colosseum in Rome.
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"Cockerel-headed man," an enigmatic Roman mosaic from the Brading Villa on the Isle of Wight, England. The figure may be a satirically literal rendering of the emperor Gallus. His brother/successor, Julian, exiled a court official to Britain in 361 CE for critiquing Gallus' excesses. 4th century CE.
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Archaeologists at work on the mosaic believed to be from the 6th century CE, found during construction of a hotel in Hatay, Turkey.
This 1200 square meters ancient mosaic is considered "the world's biggest one-piece ground mosaic".