ARCHAEOLOGY > Roman mosaics discovered in Amasya

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Archaeological excavations in the Black Sea province of Amasya have revealed 2,000-year-old mosaics with kilim-like motifs that are believed to date back from the Roman period.

The excavations are being carried out by the Amasya Museum Directorate in the Yavru village. Officials said that the mosaics with kilim motifs were “unique.”

Çorum-based Hitit University Black Sea Archaeology Research and Practice Center Deputy Director Associate Professor Esra Keskin said the mosaics that had been found in a palace-like place had a different design when compared to the other artifacts in the same era.

Keskin said the mosaics were surrounded by curbstones. “The eye shapes on the kilim designs of the mosaics still retain their secrets. The mosaics cover an area of 30 square meters and the kilim-like motifs on it show that they might have been the coat of arms of a military unit in the Roman era.”


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andrea dealmagro

7/18/2013 2:39:58 AM

How beautiful!


7/16/2013 7:38:32 PM

Very very interesting and unique.

american american

7/16/2013 5:17:26 PM

new shopping mall sight?

Nico Tsaousis

7/16/2013 11:15:20 AM

Amasya, Birthplace of Strabo and capital of the Kingdom of Pontus until 64 B.C. when it fell under Roman rule. The 2,000 year old measurement is rather revelant given the temporal proximity of such important events.

sam stevens

7/15/2013 9:28:06 AM

Having seen many Roman mosaics,this is unlike anything I've seen. It lacks the classicism & style of Roman mosaics,I'd say this is more redolent of an Egyptian style.

Peter Lambson

7/15/2013 6:48:16 AM

Guess even kilim designs aren't historically Turkish...
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