October 3, 2022
Palestinian farmer unearths rare Byzantine-era mosaic in Gaza.  see photos

Palestinian farmer unearths rare Byzantine-era mosaic in Gaza.  see photos

Man dusts off parts of a Byzantine-era mosaic.

Ancient mosaic floors were recently discovered in the central Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Saturday Facebook Revealing photos of the site. According to a statement from the ministry, Byzantine mosaics from the 5th to 7th centuries were discovered after excavations by a Palestinian farmer, identified as Suleiman al-Nabahin, who was plowing his land.


Man clicks photo of Byzantine-era mosaic floor uncovered by a farmer in the central Gaza Strip.

French archaeologist René Alter, a researcher associated with the French Bible and Archaeological School of Jerusalem, whose team examined the discoveries, reported that the beautiful mosaic floors were found in an area less than a kilometer from the often tense border with Israel. He also said that the mosaics are “in an ideal state of preservation”.

“It is excellent quality work, they used materials that were certainly relatively expensive,” said Mr Alter, AFP,


A view of parts of a Byzantine-era mosaic floor that opened earlier this month.

According to the researcher, mosaics may have decorated the floor of a church or a private villa. They depict animal and social life dating back to Byzantine territory. They also show geometric figures and additional architectural monuments and remains of ancient walls.


Detail of part of a Byzantine-era mosaic floor.

On Facebook, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said, “It provides us with historical information and details about ancient civilizations and anthropology in Gaza, historical and economic relations with the ancient regional environment, and the state of Palestine around the world, which we will Let us provide you the details about the excavation and uncovering its secrets.”


Archaeologists brush off ancient finds.

The Ministry’s technical team is working in partnership with international experts and archaeologists from the French Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem. They continue their daily work to uncover the details of the “important” archaeological site. “We look forward to discovering more secrets and cultural values ​​from the different eras that inhabited the land of Gaza,” the officials wrote on social media.


Details of parts of beautiful mosaic floor.

The stunning mosaic floors are the latest in a series of Byzantine archaeological discoveries in Gaza in recent years. The region, which is a narrow enclave on the Mediterranean Sea, boasts a slew of antiquity and archaeological sites as it was a major land route connecting Egypt and the Levant in ancient times. The coastal strip is filled with the remains of past civilizations, from the Bronze Age to the Islamic and Ottoman eras.


In particular, the Byzantine era was a time of wealth and artistic patronage in Palestine. This ended with the Muslim conquest in the late 630s. However, contemporary Gaza is poor and densely populated. About 2.3 million people live in the region, which has been blocked by Israel since 2007.

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