Byzantine mosaics dating from the 5th to the 7th century have been unveiled in the central Gaza Strip on Friday.
Farmer Salman al-Nabahin unearthed the relic six months ago while working in his olive orchard in the Bureij refugee camp. He then spent three months excavating it with the help of his son.
The mosaic floor, boasting 17 iconographies of beasts and birds, is well-preserved and its colours are bright.
“These are the most beautiful mosaic floors discovered in Gaza, both in terms of the quality of the graphic representation and the complexity of the geometry,” said René Elter, an archaeologist from the French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem, whose team examined the finds, told the Associated Press.
Elter estimates the mosaic floor dates back to a time between the 5th and the 7th centuries but told AP a proper excavation is needed to determine when exactly it was built and whether it was part of a religious or secular complex.
He has not been able to visit the site but viewed photos and videos taken by local research partners.
The mosaics are the latest in a series of Byzantine archaeological finds in Gaza in recent years.
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