Workers find 2,000-year old mosaics in southern Turkey


Once again, Anatolia revealed its Greco-Roman legacy, this time in the form of beautiful mosaics possibly dating back to 1st century AD. The fascinating discovery was made quite fortuitously by construction workers in the southern Osmaniye province of Turkey, during a routine excavation in the Dere neighborhood of Kadirli – corresponding to the ancient Flavias (or Flaviopolis) district.


According to Burhan Torun, a provincial culture and tourism director –

One of the mosaics has a radish on it. It also has a human figure holding grapes and a partridge in his hand. This shows that radishes have been farmed in our region since the first century. [Also] here we find the mythological characters equivalent to Zeugma. This study will shed light on Kadirli’s history. Also we found the first written document regarding Kadirli on those mosaics.


Talking of Zeugma, it is an important historical site in the proximate province of Adana, within the confines of the city of Gaziantep. The settlement probably corresponded to Antioch (or Antiochia ad Taurum), a city that once had the third largest population in the early Roman Empire. On a cultural level, the very term Zeugma refers to ‘gateway’ or ‘crossing’, which alludes to its ancient status as the melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities, initiated by none other than Alexander the Great. The conqueror from Macedon envisaged a syncretic world where Greek people would mix with indigenous populations, a scope that at least partially worked in the regions of Anatolia, Persia, Bactria, and Indian border areas.


Source: Anadolu Agency

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Dattatreya Mandal
Dattatreya Mandal has a bachelor's degree in Architecture (and associated History of Architecture) and a fervent interest in History. Formerly, one of the co-owners of an online architectural digest, he is currently the founder/editor of The latter is envisaged as an online compendium that mirrors his enthusiasm for ancient history, military, mythology, and historical evolution of architecture.
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