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Greek mosaic of 'cheerful' skeleton found in Turkey

Turkey's state-run news agency says archaeologists have unearthed an ancient mosaic featuring a reclining skeleton holding a drink with the inscription in Greek: "Be cheerful, enjoy life."

Greek mosaic of 'cheerful' skeleton found in Turkey
The mosaic was discovered in the ancient city of Antiocheia [Credit: AA]
Anadolu Agency said Friday the mosaic was discovered during excavations in the Syrian border province of Hatay — ancient Antioch — which boasts Turkey's largest collection of ancient mosaics.

Greek mosaic of 'cheerful' skeleton found in Turkey
The mosaic, which dates from the 3rd century BCE, was first discovered in 2012, when municipality was carrying
 out work to build a cable car in Antakya and found ancient remains [Credit: AA]
Anadolu said the floor mosaic, dating from the third century B.C., is believed to have decorated the dining area of a home. The skeleton, featured on a black background, is surrounded by bread and an amphora.

Anadolu quoted archaeologist Demet Kara as saying the mosaic is unique in Turkey but a similar one has been found in Italy.

Source: The Associated Press [April 22, 2016]

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