Jericho’s Massive Ancient Mosaic

Visitors to ancient Jericho got a rare glimpse Sunday of a massive 1,200-year-old carpet mosaic measuring nearly 900 square meters (9,700 square feet), making it one of the largest in the Middle East.

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The small red, blue and ochre square stones laid out in sweeping geometric and floral patterns cover the floor of the main bath house of an Islamic palace that was destroyed by an earthquake in the eighth century. Since being excavated in the 1930s and 1940s, the mosaic has largely remained hidden under layers of canvas and soil to protect it against sun and raid.

That’s quite beautiful.

One thought on “Jericho’s Massive Ancient Mosaic

  1. Doug 10 Oct 2010 at 5:27 pm

    spelling error -“sun and raid9?)”

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