Israel archaeologists found 1,800-year-old mosaic

An Israel Antiquities Authority worker cleans a mosaic floor decorated with a figure, which archaeologists say is 1,800 years old and was unearthed during an excavation in Caesarea, Israel February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Vastavam web: A 1,800-year-old mosaic of toga-clad men dating back to the Roman era has been unearthed in Israel, archaeologists said on Thursday.The mosaic was discovered during the excavation of a building from the Byzantine period – some 300 years younger than the mosaic it was on top of – in the coastal city of Caesarea.“The surprise was actually that we found two beautiful monuments from the glorious days of Caesarea,” Peter Gendelman, co-director of excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Reuters of the building and mosaic.

The excavated portion of the mosaic, which the antiquities authority said was 3.5 metres by 8 metres in size, depicts three toga-clad men, as well as geometric patterns and an inscription in Greek, which is damaged.If the mosaic came from a mansion, the figures could have been the owners, or if it was a public building, they may have been the mosaic’s donors or members of the city council, Gendelman said.