Thursday, September 20, 2012
Gigantic Roman bathtime-fun mosaic found under Turkish field
Bone-bothering boffins have uncovered a massive Roman mosaic in southern Turkey, proving that the ancient Empire's influence reached far into the area.
The humungous mosaic, uncovered by a farmer in his field next to a still-standing bathing structure, is 1,600 square feet of meticulously crafted workmanship. It was built at the height of the Roman Empire's power in the third and fourth centuries AD.
"This region is not well understood in terms of history and archaeology," says University of Nebraska-Lincoln prof Michael Hoff.
"It's not a place in which archaeologists have spent a lot of time, so everything we find adds more evidence to our understanding of this area of the Roman Empire.
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