A Massive 1,700 Year-Old Roman Mosaic Was Unearthed During City Sewer Construction

December 29, 2015

In 1996, a group of construction workers in the Israeli city of Lod discovered an almost undamaged Roman mosaic hiding beneath the street where they were working to upgrade the city's sewer system.

Now, while building a visitor's center dedicated to that discovery, construction workers have uncovered yet another massive mosaic.

ancient Roman mosaic found
Credit: Getty Images / David Silverman

According to Inhabitat, the "new" mosaic is almost 42-feet-long and, at one time, served as the floor in a magnificent courtyard of a well-heeled Roman home.

ancient Roman mosaic found
Credit: Getty Images / David Silverman

The intricate artwork depicts various scenes of hunting and pastoral life, with images of fish, flowers in baskets, vases and birds.

ancient Roman mosaic found
Credit: Getty Images / David Silverman

Archaeologists claim that part of the complex may still be covered by modern buildings in the area, and new discoveries may still come.

ancient Roman mosaic found
Credit: Getty Images / David Silverman

ancient mosaic unearthed
Credit: Wikipedia / Carole Raddato

ancient Roman mosaic found

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