Archaeologists Discover Something Amazing That Is In Unbelievably Brilliant Condition
Archaeologists, I believe are really lucky because they get to connect with our History much before regular people like us. As exciting as it can get, the job is difficult at the same time.
A group of Archaeologists unearthed some gorgeous mosaics that haven't seen fresh air or sunlight for more than 2,000 years.
#6 The Difficult Path
This entire venture wasn't an easy one. Zeugma, the ancient town in Turkey where the mosaics were discovered, is now largely under water.
Can you imagine the hard work these guys must have put in? A dam on the Euphrates River, less than a mile from the town, flooded the area, submerging a quarter of Zeugma below 200 feet of reservoir water. This could've easily acted a spoil sport in this discovery but luckily it didn't.
Keep reading ahead to know more about this and see the discovered Mosaics.
#5 Archaeologists By Ankara University
Luckily, archaeologists were in business when the waters rose gradually, just four inches a day. This made the entire hunt possible.
Knowing that the town would be flooded, a team of archaeologists led by Ankara University's Kutalmis Gorkay stepped up their excavation efforts with an eye on preserving some of the area's unique relics. And man-o-man the findings were amazing.
#4 Literate And Artistic
Among the finds was a mosaic depicting the nine Muses renowned in Greek mythology. The mosaic provides an insight into the lives of the people who once lived in Zeugma.
Now these newly found Mosaics suggest that whoever owned them once upon a time was literate and had a very quirky taste in arts as the Muses inspired literature and the arts.
#3 The Historical Importance
Now another crucial aspect of this place where the entire discovery was made is it's historical importance. Zeugma's location in Southern Turkey placed it on the border of two massively influential empires and made it a crossroads of history.
One of Alexander the Great's generals founded Zeugma on the border of the Persian Empire, and three hundred years later the Romans conquered it. You can clearly see the influence of both these greats in the mosaics.
#2 Majorly Greek
"We don't know of any other big cities in this area that changed from a Hellenistic city into a Roman garrison city in such an important geopolitical location, making it an ideal place to study the cultural changes between the two," Kutalmis said.
The Mosaics majorly depict the scenes and figures from Greek mythology. And all of them look really pretty.
#1 Roman Influence
Along with the Greek, you can also see the Roman influence in some pieces of art. It's estimated that, at its peak, about 80,000 people called Zeugma home, but its decline started around the same time as the rest of the Roman Empire.
Now this is one amazing discovery, isn't it?
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