600 Sq. Ft., 1,700 Year Roman Old Mosaic Revealed in Israel

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered for public view "one of the largest and best preserved mosaics ever found."

Discovered in 1996, but re-covered because funding was not available to preserve it at the time, the 1,700 year-old Roman floor mosaic covers 600 square feet (56 square meters) and contains more than 2 million small stones depicting "hunting scenes, lions and giraffes from Africa, and scenes of the sea with ships and fish." A recent grant has allowed the find to be properly preserved, and it is now open once again for viewing.