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Excavations reveal ancient mosaics in Amasya

Excavations at Amasya (Greek Amaseia) on Turkey's Black Sea coast have brought to light mosaics dating to the Roman era.

Excavations reveal ancient mosaics in Amasya
Detail of one of the mosaics unearthed at Amasya [Credit: AA/Hurriyet]
One of the unearthed mosaics includes a diamond that is believed to signify Amaseia. A muscatel apple features in the middle of another mosaic, while another is decorated with birds and geometrical designs. All the mosaics bear Greek insciptions.

Two main parts

“The first era has two main areas. In the north and south, the main area is a rectangular shape and covered with all mosaics on the floor. The main area’s south part is like a horseshoe and there are large tiles on the floor,” said assistant professor Esra Keskin.

The 20 square-meter mosaic in the main area shows that high quality work was made in the past, according to her.

In this technique the stone pieces, which are defined as “tessera” are cut in rectangular and prismatic forms, form a composition when gathered together. These are the languages and the shapes that reflect the art and aesthetic style of ancient times.

Noting that experts see many patterns such as ropes, geometric shapes and flowers, Keskin said these were all designed as a composition arrangement.

There are many natural descriptions in the images, reflecting the artistic approach and also prompting us to ask whether they symbolize anything in particular, she added.

Mosaics sent to Amasya Museum

The unearthed mosaics may now be sent to Amasya Museum, said Keskin.

She said the work was unique in the international arena and added that there were many symbolic clues that these mosaics could give us. There are many similar characteristics and motifs between the Amasya and Zeugma mosaics, but the differences are still very significant, said Keskin, adding that these excavations’ results revealed the rich potential of Amasya. 

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [Jult 03, 2013]

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