Archaeology Magazine Archive

A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

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The Roman Mosaic From Lod, Israel

Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York City

Through April 3, 2011

During salvage excavations in 1996, a unique Roman mosaic floor dated to roughly A.D. 300 was found in Lod, Israel. Researchers believe the motifs, which depict a menagerie of animals, including an elephant, a giraffe, panthers, dolphins, and fish, as well as merchant ships with billowing sails, derive from North African art. The exhibition will travel across the U.S. before being installed at a new museum in Lod.