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Mosaic from Byzantine era found in Israeli road work site

All images: Yael Yolovitch / Israeli Antiquities Authority / EPA

The detail of a large mosaic excavated in the fields outside of Kibbutz Bet Qama, Israel, is seen on May 12. The mosaic dates from the Byzantine era from the 4th to 6th century and was exposed during a highway building project. The floor was in a large building measuring roughly 40 by 28 feet. The mosaic shows geometric patterns, amphorae used to transport wine, a pair of peacocks and a pair of doves pecking at grapes. Archaeologists are still trying to determine the use for this large building, which included pools of water that could have served as part of an inn for travelers on the main road outside Beersheba.

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