Recently, a brand new discovery was made in Turkey that completely changed the historians’ views of how far Roman influence really went at the time.
The team uncovered a 1,600 square feet (149 square meters) mosaic in southern Turkey which was clearly made to replicate the Roman Empire’s overarching style.
An art historian from Lincoln and director of mosaic excavations named Michael Hoff of Nebraska University stated that this mosaic used to abut the floor of a bath complex which was around 25 feet long (7 meters).
The discovery was officially made in 2002 when Purdue University classics professor Nick Rauh came across bits of mosaic tile near the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragun.
This made them believe that the existence of such a mosaic might not be as far-fetched as they originally believed it to be.
The museum didn’t have enough funds to continue the excavations, but last year the museum finally garnered enough and invited Hoff and his team again to continue their digging.
Of the 40 percent of the mosaic that was uncovered so far all of it is in pristine condition. Because of how perfect it is, the team has set out on a quest to construct a wooden shelter over it once the excavations are completed so they can open up the site for public visits in the near future.