22 November 2007

New mosaics from the Galilee

An excavation sponsored by researchers at Hebrew University's Institute of Archaeology have uncovered remains of an ancient synagogue in the Arbel National Park in the Galilee region of Israel. Inside, elaborate mosaics depicting scenes of woodworkers building a structure have been preserved. There is some debate, but the synagogue either dates to the 2nd or 3rd centuries (Roman period), or the 5th or 6th centuries C.E. (Byzantine period). What always blows my mind is that the stones of the mosaic average 4mm in size! Truly an art form that I have to utmost respect for.

As many of you may or may not know, I love to mosaic and once I have actual workshop space (i.e. garage or basement) I will finally be able to do all those big projects I have been dying to work on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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