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Impressive mosaic in Didymoteicho came to light

Impressive mosaic in Didymoteicho came to light

A history of 1900 years is revealed in the historic town of Thrace...

The mosaic which was discovered inside the tomb of Amphipolis, and depicts the abduction of Persephone, attracted all eyes of archaeologists. However, this is not the unique mosaics that came to "light", lately.

The excavation in Plotinopolis is underway since 1996 and each year brings new archaeological findings. Recently was discovered a new part of the great mosaic which covers the floor of a Roman bath. Until now they have excavated 90 sq.m of the 140 sq.m., which is the size of the huge mosaic floor.

This year, the gradual removal of soil revealed the depiction of a Cupid which holds the reins of a walrus, a thinking Cubid, a meander, two birds with floral motifs and a colorful knot of Solomon. The scene is surrounded by ivy leaves and tendrils, referring to Dionysian cult.

The person responsible for the excavation, archaeologist Matthew Koutsoumanis, speaking on the website of Thrace xronos.gr., said: "This year, since last July, by the S 'Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, continued the excavation in Plotinopolis with the financing of municipal of Didymoteicho. It was established a new section (section H ') which revealed the part of the room. In all likelihood, it is a typical, for the Roman baths, triclinium with mosaic floors. The intersection has a depth of five meters. During the excavation were uncovered the subsequent construction phases (6th-7th century AD, 4th-5th century AD, which refer to the early Christian era). The excavation proceeded in the Roman phase (mid 2nd AD to early 3rd century AD), and was revealed part of the rest of the central representation of the mosaic floor. It was also revealed a mural on the walls of the Roman phase. In the early Christian phase (4th-5th century AD) revealed a wall with holes within-treated cornerstones, from the Roman sewer system. They were also revealed four stone wheels which may indicate that the building (or part of it) have been used in Christian times as a pottery workshop. The structure, which is dating back to the early 7th AD century and stands on the rock, located west of the building with the mosaics and was perhaps part of the fortifications of the city in early Christian years. The truth is that the inhabitation of Plotinopolis stops at the beginning of the 7th century AD, as the sources said."

On the south side of the central scene was revealed a Cupid which holds the reins of a walrus and to the north of the central mosaic, there are two panels which show a geometric pattern and a node of Solomon. South of the central depiction were discovered two other panels with birds and floral motifs, which are the rest of the birds which were uncovered in the 2011.