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Unusual Kilim-Like Designs Found in Roman Mosaic

Monday, July 15, 2013

AMASYA, TURKEY—Esra Keskin of the Hitit University Black Sea Archaeology Research and Practice Center says that 2,000-year-old mosaics uncovered in a palace-like structure in Yavru village are unlike other artifacts in the region. They are made up of unique “kilim-like motifs” surrounded by curb stones. “The eye shapes on the kilim designs of the mosaics still retain their secrets. The mosaics cover an area of 30 square meters and the kilim-like motifs on it show that they might have been the coast of arms of a military unit in the Roman era,” Keskin said. The excavations are being conducted by the Amasya Museum Directorate.