Stunning 2200-Year-Old Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City

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Three new mosaics were recently discovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which is located in the present-day province of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The incredibly well-preserved mosaics date back to 2nd century BC.

Zeugma was considered one of the most important centers of the Eastern Roman Empire and the ancient city has provided a treasure trove of discoveries with 2000-3000 houses in remarkably good condition. Excavations at Zeugma started in 2007 and continue to this day.

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Up until 2000 the ancient city was completely submerged underwater until a project to excavate the area received funding from a number of sources. There are still many areas of Zeugma?a city once home to nearly 80,000 inhabitants?left to excavate, including 25 houses still underwater. It’s exciting to think of what other discoveries remain to be found.

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Entry to Ancient Tomb Uncovered in Greece

Originally posted on New Historian

Archaeologists have uncovered a humongous ancient tomb that is believed to have direct connections with Alexander the Great, the great king who conquered vast expanses of the ancient world right from Greece all the way to India. The tomb has been found underneath a huge burial mound close to the ancient Amphipolis in Northern Greece, the region where Alexander had started forging his empire from. Amphipolis was founded as an Athenian colony in the year 437BC, but it had been conquered in the year 357BC by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. This ancient tomb is believed…

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