Roman-era mosaic left underneath dumpster in Bursa
BURSA – Demirören News Agency
A Roman-era mosaic has been sitting under a dumpster since its discovery two years in the northwestern province of Bursa’s İznik district during municipal works due to a disagreement between the owner of the land and authorities.
The two-meter-square floor mosaic was unearthed in 2015 during sewage works by the municipality in the Beyler neighborhood. Depicting a human face, the mosaic was examined and revealed to date back to the Roman era.
Following the discovery of the mosaic, the area was registered as a first degree site, elevated from its previous recognition as a third degree site. But excavations came to a halt due to the dispute with the owner of the land where the mosaic is.
Having failed to reach a conclusion, authorities covered the mosaic with geotextile material and had sand poured on it.
By the order of then-Culture and Tourism Minister Mahir Ünal, the asphalt on the mosaic was removed and pontoons were placed around it.
But the anger hasn’t defused. A dumpster was brought on top of it and the pontoons were removed.
Sevil said the İznik district was in the ancient city of Nicaea.
“This Roman-era floor mosaic continues toward underneath a house which has a garden. This important artifact cannot be left this way. Unfortunately, there is a dumpster atop such a big mosaic. The mosaic dates back to the 3rd century A.D. and it is a unique finding in İznik. It shows us that noble families lived in this region in the Roman era,” he said.