Last week, news broke about a farmer in Palestine going about his business when he discovered a Byzantine-era mosaic floor in his field. ArtNet.com’s story begins:
“A Palestinian farmer was in for a big surprise when he and his son were planting new olive trees. Salman al-Nabahin, who owns an orchard at the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza, began digging deeper into the earth after some of his trees failed to take root. Eventually, his son’s axe struck something unusually hard.
“It turned out to be a large mosaic floor from the Byzantine era. Al-Nabahin was able to identify the tiles thanks to an internet search and alerted the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. ”
Read the entire piece
and here’s Smithsonian Magazine’s article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Palestinian-farmer-unearths-colorful-byzantine-mosaic-in-gaza-180980806/.