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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Archaeologists Uncover an Ancient Mosaic in Cyprus

An ancient Roman hippodrome. An ancient Roman hippodrome. Wikipedia

Archaeologists have uncovered a mosaic floor dating back to the fourth century in Cyprus. The exquisitely detailed scene depicts a chariot race at the hippodrome in ancient Rome. Few such scenes exist in the world and this particular mosaic is the only one of its kind in Cyprus. While the floor was discovered in 1938, dedicated digs did not start until eighty years later. Researchers suspect that the mosaic was part of a villa belonging to a wealthy individual or nobleman when Cyprus was under Roman rule.

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