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Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:24 PM

UNL professor unearths largest Roman mosaic ever found

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Sarah Baker Hansen

University of Nebraska-Lincoln art history professor Michael Hoff recently uncovered the largest Roman mosaic ever found.

In southern Turkey, Hoff's team uncovered 40 percent of the meticulously crafted, 1,600-square-foot decorative work built during the third and fourth centuries. It's believed to be the biggest mosaic of its type, Hoff said.

The discovery will aid researchers studying the region. Since 2005, Hoff's team has been excavating the remains of the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the southern Turkish coast. Antiochus of Commagene, a client-king of Rome, founded the ancient city in the middle of the first century.

Excavation work has focused on a third-century temple dedicated to the Roman imperial cult, and also a colonnaded street lined with commercial shops. In July, the team began to explore the mosaic, which was part of a Roman bath. The decoration consists of large squares, each filled with different colored geometric designs and ornamentation.

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The Roman mosaic measures served as the forecourt for the adjacent large bath. Hoff's team unearthed about 40 percent of the mosaic this summer and hopes to uncover the rest of the mosaic next summer.

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Reply UNL professor unearths largest Roman mosaic ever found (Original post)
Omaha Steve Sep 2012 OP
xchrom Sep 2012 #1
babydollhead Sep 2012 #2
progressoid Sep 2012 #3
MissMarple Sep 2012 #5
greiner3 Sep 2012 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Sep 2012 #4
Ian David Sep 2012 #7
Igel Sep 2012 #10
cspanlovr Sep 2012 #8
defacto7 Sep 2012 #12
OmahaBlueDog Sep 2012 #9
defacto7 Sep 2012 #11
Judi Lynn Sep 2012 #13

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:28 PM

1. Du rec. Nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:32 PM

2. cool!

cant you find that guy? he's just in Lincoln! I am a mosaic artist and this facinates me. checkerboards are timeless. thanks for posting this. I love your state because I love someone there. and Lincoln has been a nice smiley place to me.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:46 PM

3. Wish there was a person in the picture for size reference.

Still, really cool.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:55 PM

5. 640 sqare feet? Does that help?

In southern Turkey, Hoff's team uncovered 40 percent of the meticulously crafted, 1,600-square-foot decorative work built during the third and fourth centuries. It's believed to be the biggest mosaic of its type, Hoff said.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 06:35 PM

6. See the dark spot about 1/3 of the way up?

That's the prof and it's sunrise, hence the long shadow

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:52 PM

4. Beat me to it.

I was going to post a larger picture, but what the hell...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 06:47 PM

7. What does that picture of the man with the blue box mean? n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 08:24 PM

10. So the swimmng pool did have a mosaic with it.

Before, of course, it was jettisoned.

This must have been jettisoned in a Baker episode. Tom, of course.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 06:49 PM

8. That first tile is a whole Mesa swastikas

I guess they were Arians then. Still looks weird, doesn't it?

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Response to cspanlovr (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 12:22 AM

12. it's an ancient symbol

but you probably knew that....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 07:08 PM

9. Go Big Red!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 12:20 AM

11. No, I think it's photoshoped!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:56 AM

13. Whoa! It's spectacular. Would love to see a projected image of it as it was originally.

Roman bath, in Turkey, yet.

Hope they'll be adding more information to the public as it's available.

Post'em if you get'em! What a find.

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