"Magnificent" Byzantine mosaic found in Israeli kibbutz

Archaeologists working on an excavation n the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama in Israel have discovered a magnificent mosaic dating to the Byzantine period. It is believed to be part of a public building in a large settlement. (photo)

The mosaic, which measures 12 meters long by 8.5 meters wide, "is decorated with geometric patterns and its corners are enhanced with amphorae, a pair of peacocks, and a pair of doves pecking at grapes on a tendril. These are common designs that are known from this period; however, what makes this mosaic unique is the large number of motifs that were incorporated in one carpet."