Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city

Ian Smith
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In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly well-preserved and look as beautiful and stunning as the first day.

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The site came to the attention of the international archaeological community when it was threatened by flooding, due to the construction of a nearby dam in southern Turkey in 2000.

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When  Professor Kutalmış Görkay of Ankara University and his team of archaeologists began excavating, they found amazing and well-preserved glass mosaics rich with color.

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“There are still unexcavated areas. There are rock-carved houses here. We have reached one of these houses and the house includes six spaces. We have also unearthed three new mosaics in this year’s excavations,” he said.

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People used mosaics with characters from ancient Greek mythology to decorate their houses.

 

Görkay emphasized that now, the project will reach its most important stage – conservation.

“From now on, we will work on restoration and conservation. We plan to establish a temporary roof for long-term protection. We estimate that the ancient city has 2,000-3,000 houses. Twenty-five of them remain under water. Excavations will be finished in the Muzalar House next year,” he said.