History has a way of coming into focus in the most unlikely circumstances. A fresh discovery of an old mosaic floor was made along the Israel National Trail, 40 years after it was initially found. The mosaic is believed to have belonged to a church from the Roman Empire that was situated in the Shoham industrial area. Its structure is amazing; areas of color with flower patterns based on local anemones cover its surface.
At the moment, volunteers from the Israel Antiquities Authority are cleaning and restoring this remarkable historical object. Locals who have shown their enthusiasm for their own history and nature in this endeavor are among those assisting. Initial excavations were conducted in the 1980s by Professors Zeev Safrai and Shimon Dar, but because to its age, experts thought it to be either Iron Age or an older Chalcolithic period. In order to ensure that future generations would be able to appreciate and remember such significant works of art and culture, local students were also a part of the project.
This amazing discovery underlines once again how crucial it is to preserve our past and learn from it as we move forward. It’s incredible how much of our ancestors’ lives may still be found in artifacts hundreds or even thousands of years later. These relics serve as a reminder for us to preserve what we now have so that future generations can continue to be in awe of them. They also serve as a reminder of our own long history.