Early medieval mosque found in Sicily

Amid the Renaissance, Greek and Norman ruins on the island of Sicily, archaeologists have made a surprising find: the remains of an early medieval mosque dating to the 9th or 10th century.

“The gypsum floor is unusually large—about 15 to 20 square meters have been excavated—and the area is completely free of domestic artifacts, such as tableware or cookware,” NIU archaeologist Michael Kolb says. “We believe it was a medieval public building, and our working hypothesis is that it was a mosque."