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Roman mosaics found in the foundation excavation are being unearthed

In 2015, work began to unearth Roman mosaics found in the foundation excavation of a construction site.

The mosaics were discovered in the Kadirli district of Osmaniye province in southeastern Türkiye.

The floor mosaics in the foundation of the Roman villa include animal motifs, as well as depictions of seasons and various mythological characters.

Roman mosaics found in the foundation excavation are being unearthed
Photo: AA

The area, which was declared a protected area by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2018, was used as a monastery during the Roman period. Today, the Ala Mosque is located there.

Osmaniye Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Burhan Torun said that in the first stage, mosaics with animal figures were reached, and in the following process, the mosaic area with seasonal depictions was reached.

Roman mosaics found in the foundation excavation are being unearthed
Photo: AA

When the archaeologists went down to a depth of 2 meters, they came across the character of Aeneas, the person who came out of Troy, went to Italy and founded Rome, the founder of Rome, and Dido (the queen of Carthage) right next to him.

Roman mosaics found in the foundation excavation are being unearthed
Photo: AA

Torun said the mosaics unearthed are close to Zeugma in Gaziantep in terms of period. He said that the high quality of the workmanship used in the mosaics and the use of blue and yellow colors in the mosaics show that there is a mosaic floor area of equal quality to Zeugma.

Roman mosaics found in the foundation excavation are being unearthed
Photo: AA

The remains of the villa with Roman floor mosaics are followed by water channels.

Stating that a grave stele and a hearth were also found in the region, Torun said, “It seems that other structures were built here in the 5th and 6th centuries after Christ. ” he said.

The mosaic of the Trojan War hero Aeneas, which has no equivalent in the world
Archaeologists have uncovered a unique mosaic depicting “Aeneas”, the hero of the Trojan War and founder of Rome, mentioned in Homer’s “Iliad and Odyssey”.

Cover Photo: Muzaffer Çağlıyaner/AA

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