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2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Uncovered In Turkey Before Being Lost To Flooding
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2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Uncovered In Turkey Before Being Lost To Flooding

We usually write about new contemporary artists at Bored Panda, but these fascinating discoveries recently made by a team of archeologists in the Turkish city of Zeugma has given us the opportunity to witness the unveiling of Greek and Roman art that hasn’t been seen in thousands of years.

The site caught the attention of the international archaeological community when it was threatened by flooding due to the construction of a nearby dam in southern Turkey in 2000. When a team of archaeologists led by Professor Kutalmış Görkay of Ankara University began excavating, they found stunning and well-preserved glass mosaics rich with color.

Read on for more information about this fascinating find!

More info: zeugma.packhum.org | archaeology.org (h/t: mymodernmet)

These stunning 2000-year-old mosaics were uncovered by archaeologists in the Turkish city of Zeugma

Rich mosaics like these decorated people’s homes with characters from ancient Greek mythology

“They were a product of the patron’s imagination. It wasn’t like simply choosing from a catalog,” Professor Kutalmış Görkay told Archaeology.org

“They thought of specific scenes in order to make a specific impression. For example, if you were of the intellectual level to discuss literature, then you might select a scene like the three muses”

The archaeological community was inspired to excavate when they heard that the city was being flooded by a nearby dam

Here is the mosaic pictured above after being saved and restored

The Greeks named the city “Seleucia” when they founded it in the 3rd century BC

The Roman empire conquered the city in 64 BC, renaming it to Zeugma (meaning “bridge” or “crossing” in ancient Greek)

The Romans held the city until 253 AD, when Persian Sassanids took the city

Pictured here are Oceanus and Tethys, Ancient Greek and Roman ocean deities

Pictured here is Poseidon, the god of the sea, on his war chariot

Meet Thalia, the muse of idyllic poetry and comedy

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AlisonFlannigan
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7 years ago

so beautiful, it was a lucky find and such a timely one Makes me wonder how many wonderful artworks have been unwittingly lost.

Community Member
7 years ago

Watch this ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8POkDjAU5Rs&list=PLwmooDpEwEXIaleha2iSjZLIy71sBr6H9&index=15

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SueTague
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7 years ago

Beautiful

Community Member
7 years ago

amazing well preserved,,pictures tells stories

EmmaTanglevine
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7 years ago

amazing...

KaraKeçi
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7 years ago

interesting

WendyKoh
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7 years ago

Thank god they found it before they are lost

LiesPauwels
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7 years ago

waaaaauwie

MariannMagdalene
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7 years ago

beautiful & fascinating

SamuelHetterle
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7 years ago

Remarkable monuments of culture! Thank you!

Julie Hunter Caver Burdine
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7 years ago

Beautiful

MaureenCoffman
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7 years ago

Beautiful .

Community Member
7 years ago

Great Article ! Check This Out ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8POkDjAU5Rs&list=PLwmooDpEwEXIaleha2iSjZLIy71sBr6H9&index=15

SallyVogel
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7 years ago

So sad that they can't be maintained in their original location. Damn the dams!

JeannaWilson
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7 years ago

Amazing - !

Elizabeth Davies
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7 years ago

STUNNING! HOW LUCKY TO HAVE THESE!

Vijay Mehra
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7 years ago

Just Awesome, considering their vintage.!!!

VijayMehra
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7 years ago

Just Awesome, considering their vintage.!!!

JenniferFrancies
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7 years ago

Beautiful

deadmic314
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7 years ago

"...then you might select a scene like the three muses” The muses were 9 and not 3!

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago

I visited Turkey in 2001. The archaeologists were at time negotiating with government to stop flooding of the dam. I am glad they succeeded.

ioanna
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7 years ago

Greek civilisation ! so beautiful! they gave us so much and now Greeks are being treated so badly! so sad! such beautiful mosaics

ioanna
Community Member
7 years ago

Greek civilisation gave us so much and unfortunately ! these should belong to Greece

Cheri Brown
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7 years ago

Saved in the nick of time.

CheriBrown
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7 years ago

Beautiful works of art saved in the nick of time

Phanmaivsp
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7 years ago

Many sincere thanks to the archaeologists who have done a great job to save and restore these mosaics! A joy looking at them!

LeonardoChanaz
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7 years ago

Wonderful! Similar to the mosaics of Palestrina and Sicily! I am fond of the Greek civilization, but sometimes I am surmised by the Romans.

Peggie
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7 years ago

Such beautiful art, would love to see it.

Rumi Sumborg
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7 years ago

amazing!!!!

JeanneDelannoy
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7 years ago

très belle découverte que ces mosaiques si bien conservées. merci pour nous les faire partager. Jeanne Delannoy

ReitaTroum
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7 years ago

ReitaTroum Houston incredibly beautiful. Are they saved somehow now after flooding?

Stephen. E. Sims
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7 years ago

fantastic

Stephen.E.Sims
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7 years ago

fantastic

IreneFluit
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7 years ago

Amazing! what a shame some were lost :(

SheilaFrappier
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7 years ago

WOW

LindaSnyder
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7 years ago

Beautiful mosaics found in Turkey. Just think of the time it took to put every piece in place. Also coloring, shaping and firing them. WOW!!

rozie
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7 years ago

Wow. I do so hope we find more before they are lost forever. They are so beautiful.

D. M. Mitchell
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing and beautiful.

Do Mi
Community Member
7 years ago

This totaly blew my mind!!!

Community Member
7 years ago

Zeugma Museum, One of the most fascinating place Ive ever visited up to now. I offer u all to visit in the city of Gaziantep Türkiye.Sincrly

Bonnieb4
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7 years ago

The design and color gradations all in mosaic is beautiful!

Bonnieb4
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7 years ago

Fascinating! Beautiful design and color.

MichaelMcQuown
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7 years ago

Marvellous that they were found in time. Perhaps the ancient gods are trying for a comeback.

RonAdams
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7 years ago

Fantastic

Marguerite D Bloch
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7 years ago

Simply Marvelous !!!!!! Thanks for bringing this article. . MDB

kimreid
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7 years ago

Wow! These need to be saved.

SandraSimons
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7 years ago

Beautiful

Helle Sannig
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7 years ago

They are wonderful!

JackieBall
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7 years ago

This is amazing , look at the shaded areas , they are fantastic how could we loose these works of art ?? Love it

BTapa
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7 years ago

Exquisite!

KathyHurley
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7 years ago

BEAUTIFUL

GeorgesOurmet
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7 years ago

Je comprends pas l'anglais. C'est dommage, j'aime beaucoup.

IwanIskandar
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7 years ago

istimedut

ViliamHano
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7 years ago

Very nice

Art DeLite
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7 years ago

COOL!

SidneyBrinckerhoff
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7 years ago

What a wonderful art form and fine examples !

Chand Nair
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7 years ago

Very nice!

DanielTregant
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7 years ago

Stunning, I glad these have been found and saved.

LindaChatterjee
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7 years ago

Awesome!

ArthurD'Rosario
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7 years ago

In one word Amazing !

JaneDering
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7 years ago

What do we have now? Lino. No comparison, what a find.

Community Member
7 years ago

Incredibly beautiful - what a wonderful discovery

Vaso Sakellariou
Community Member
7 years ago

Its amazing .....

Roberto Francesconi
Community Member
7 years ago

WONDERFUL!!!

Emma Tanglevine
Community Member
7 years ago

amaxing

AlisonFlannigan
Community Member
7 years ago

so beautiful, it was a lucky find and such a timely one Makes me wonder how many wonderful artworks have been unwittingly lost.

Community Member
7 years ago

Watch this ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8POkDjAU5Rs&list=PLwmooDpEwEXIaleha2iSjZLIy71sBr6H9&index=15

Load More Replies...
SueTague
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

Community Member
7 years ago

amazing well preserved,,pictures tells stories

EmmaTanglevine
Community Member
7 years ago

amazing...

KaraKeçi
Community Member
7 years ago

interesting

WendyKoh
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank god they found it before they are lost

LiesPauwels
Community Member
7 years ago

waaaaauwie

MariannMagdalene
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful & fascinating

SamuelHetterle
Community Member
7 years ago

Remarkable monuments of culture! Thank you!

Julie Hunter Caver Burdine
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

MaureenCoffman
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful .

Community Member
7 years ago

Great Article ! Check This Out ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8POkDjAU5Rs&list=PLwmooDpEwEXIaleha2iSjZLIy71sBr6H9&index=15

SallyVogel
Community Member
7 years ago

So sad that they can't be maintained in their original location. Damn the dams!

JeannaWilson
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing - !

Elizabeth Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

STUNNING! HOW LUCKY TO HAVE THESE!

Vijay Mehra
Community Member
7 years ago

Just Awesome, considering their vintage.!!!

VijayMehra
Community Member
7 years ago

Just Awesome, considering their vintage.!!!

JenniferFrancies
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

deadmic314
Community Member
7 years ago

"...then you might select a scene like the three muses” The muses were 9 and not 3!

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago

I visited Turkey in 2001. The archaeologists were at time negotiating with government to stop flooding of the dam. I am glad they succeeded.

ioanna
Community Member
7 years ago

Greek civilisation ! so beautiful! they gave us so much and now Greeks are being treated so badly! so sad! such beautiful mosaics

ioanna
Community Member
7 years ago

Greek civilisation gave us so much and unfortunately ! these should belong to Greece

Cheri Brown
Community Member
7 years ago

Saved in the nick of time.

CheriBrown
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful works of art saved in the nick of time

Phanmaivsp
Community Member
7 years ago

Many sincere thanks to the archaeologists who have done a great job to save and restore these mosaics! A joy looking at them!

LeonardoChanaz
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful! Similar to the mosaics of Palestrina and Sicily! I am fond of the Greek civilization, but sometimes I am surmised by the Romans.

Peggie
Community Member
7 years ago

Such beautiful art, would love to see it.

Rumi Sumborg
Community Member
7 years ago

amazing!!!!

JeanneDelannoy
Community Member
7 years ago

très belle découverte que ces mosaiques si bien conservées. merci pour nous les faire partager. Jeanne Delannoy

ReitaTroum
Community Member
7 years ago

ReitaTroum Houston incredibly beautiful. Are they saved somehow now after flooding?

Stephen. E. Sims
Community Member
7 years ago

fantastic

Stephen.E.Sims
Community Member
7 years ago

fantastic

IreneFluit
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing! what a shame some were lost :(

SheilaFrappier
Community Member
7 years ago

WOW

LindaSnyder
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful mosaics found in Turkey. Just think of the time it took to put every piece in place. Also coloring, shaping and firing them. WOW!!

rozie
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow. I do so hope we find more before they are lost forever. They are so beautiful.

D. M. Mitchell
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing and beautiful.

Do Mi
Community Member
7 years ago

This totaly blew my mind!!!

Community Member
7 years ago

Zeugma Museum, One of the most fascinating place Ive ever visited up to now. I offer u all to visit in the city of Gaziantep Türkiye.Sincrly

Bonnieb4
Community Member
7 years ago

The design and color gradations all in mosaic is beautiful!

Bonnieb4
Community Member
7 years ago

Fascinating! Beautiful design and color.

MichaelMcQuown
Community Member
7 years ago

Marvellous that they were found in time. Perhaps the ancient gods are trying for a comeback.

RonAdams
Community Member
7 years ago

Fantastic

Marguerite D Bloch
Community Member
7 years ago

Simply Marvelous !!!!!! Thanks for bringing this article. . MDB

kimreid
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow! These need to be saved.

SandraSimons
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful

Helle Sannig
Community Member
7 years ago

They are wonderful!

JackieBall
Community Member
7 years ago

This is amazing , look at the shaded areas , they are fantastic how could we loose these works of art ?? Love it

BTapa
Community Member
7 years ago

Exquisite!

KathyHurley
Community Member
7 years ago

BEAUTIFUL

GeorgesOurmet
Community Member
7 years ago

Je comprends pas l'anglais. C'est dommage, j'aime beaucoup.

IwanIskandar
Community Member
7 years ago

istimedut

ViliamHano
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice

Art DeLite
Community Member
7 years ago

COOL!

SidneyBrinckerhoff
Community Member
7 years ago

What a wonderful art form and fine examples !

Chand Nair
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice!

DanielTregant
Community Member
7 years ago

Stunning, I glad these have been found and saved.

LindaChatterjee
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome!

ArthurD'Rosario
Community Member
7 years ago

In one word Amazing !

JaneDering
Community Member
7 years ago

What do we have now? Lino. No comparison, what a find.

Community Member
7 years ago

Incredibly beautiful - what a wonderful discovery

Vaso Sakellariou
Community Member
7 years ago

Its amazing .....

Roberto Francesconi
Community Member
7 years ago

WONDERFUL!!!

Emma Tanglevine
Community Member
7 years ago

amaxing

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