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Sewer Mosaic

Our museums are full of ancient artifacts and famous works of art, but have you ever thought about who is actually discovering them? A great deal of art has been well preserved and makes its way into museums without a problem. When it comes to older pieces, though, we have to rely on an archeologist or Indiana Jones to discover them for us. Believe it or not, there's one iconic piece of art that wasn't discovered by anyone who fits this description.

The 1,700-year-old Lod Mosaic was discovered in 1996 by construction workers who were building a sewer. Even though it was found in Israel, the mosaic was actually crafted by the Romans when the city of Lod was their colony. The Lod Mosaic grew extremely popular and has been featured in museums around the world since its discovery. Today, a second mosaic from the same period has just been discovered in the same area as the first. Check out the images below to learn about these remarkable treasures that have been hidden underground for nearly two millennia.

The first Lod Mosaic was 50 feet long and 27 feet wide.


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The mosaic doesn't contain any human figures or religious symbols, which makes it difficult to tell what kind of person had this in their home.


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Some people believe that the fish and boat imagery at the bottom tells the story of a shipwreck that the owner survived.


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The Lod Mosaic couldn't have come at a better time for the city. Its discovery attracted a slew of new tourists to the area. In response, Lod began construction on a visitor center that would focus on the land's history.


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Funnily enough, the second mosaic was discovered during the construction of the visitor center.


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This one was also constructed by the Romans and comes from the same house as its 1996 counterpart.


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The new mosaic is only 42-feet-long and contains the same type of animal imagery as the first.


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Apparently, many construction crews have found Roman mosaics while digging in cities like Israel around the world. Since they are made from flat, solid stone, mosaics are often well-preserved. Their existence is a beautiful reminder that the past is always much closer than we think.


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Via: Lifebuzz

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