Six months ago when Salman Al Nabahin was working in his olive grove in Gaza, he came across a treasure. While planting trees, the farmer discovered a mosaic floor from the Byzantine era (about 330 to 1453 AD).
Al Nabahin tried to figure out why some trees hadn’t taken root properly. He and his son started digging until his son hit something hard with his shovel. It turned out to be a mosaic floor.
“I looked up the find on the internet. We found out that the floor comes from the Byzantine era,” the farmer told news agency Reuters. “I see it as a precious treasure. It is not personal property, it belongs to all Palestinians.”
The mosaic floor consists of tiles depicting, among other things, colored birds, rabbits and dogs. According to experts, it is one of the most important archaeological finds in Gaza.
Gaza was in ancient times an important trading place for peoples such as the ancient Egyptians, the Philistines and the Romans. There are therefore many ancient treasures in the ground. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, local experts are working with French researchers to learn more about the mosaic floor.
The son of farmer Salman Al Nabahin cleans the mosaic floor
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