2 February 2023 The Future is the Product of the Past

1,500-year-old feast mosaic found in Turkey

A 50-square-meter mosaic depicting an open-air feast dating back 1,500 years ago was unearthed during excavations in the ancient city of Germanicia in the southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaraş. The mosaic, which features a portrayal of three women dancing to music, is believed to depict a pre-hunt open-air banquet.

The seventh stage of archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Germanicia in the Bağlarbaşı district has come to an end.

During the excavations, the remains of 1,500-year-old architectural structures, baths, and mosaics were found.

Several archeologists work to carefully unearth the mosaics found at the ancient city of Germanicia, Turkey.
Several archeologists work to carefully unearth the mosaics found in the ancient city of Germanicia, Turkey. Photo: DHA

Kahramanmaraş Museum Director Safinaz Acıpayam stated that within the borders of the ancient city, archaeological remains have been identified in 35 different areas so far, and archaeological digs in seven of these areas have been carried out under the presidency of the Kahramanmaraş Museum Directorate.

“We had previously found a mosaic consisting of two panels and depicting hunting scenes in Germanicia in 2015,” Acıpayam said.

ancient city of Germanicia, Turkey
Photo: DHA

“The newly discovered mosaic is actually a continuation of the mosaic unearthed in 2015. We think it depicts an open-air banquet probably held before the hunt,” she said.

“There are two couples sitting in the center of the mosaic. While three women dance to music, two male figures in the field make presentations. There is also the figure of a little barefoot boy climbing a fig tree,” Acıpayam explained.

A mosaic depicting people dancing, playing music, at the ancient city of Germanicia, Turkey.
A mosaic depicting people dancing, playing music, at the ancient city of Germanicia, Turkey. Photo: DHA

Stating that the excavations will continue in the area where the mosaic is located, Acıpayam said: “Excavations have not been carried out in the entire area yet. We plan to continue the excavations in the same area in 2022.”

“At the end of 2022, we plan to open the area where the excavations were carried out in line with the permission from our General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums.”

Germanicia ancient city
Photo: DHA

The ancient city of Germanicia was discovered in 2007 during illegal excavations.

The expropriation works were carried out for the ancient city in 2008, and excavation and preservation efforts were launched in 2009.

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