A Palestinian farmer finds a unique mosaic while planting an olive tree

September 19, 2022

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Salman Al-Nabhan standing over the mosaic panel

A Palestinian farmer discovered an ornate Byzantine mosaic while trying to plant an olive tree on his land in the Gaza Strip.

Salman Al Nabaheen said he and his son were digging in the ground when they discovered the remains. Later they discovered several other parts depicting colorful animals and birds.

Experts described the mosaic panel as one of the most important archaeological treasures ever found in Gaza.

Al-Nabaheen told Reuters news agency that he learned that the mosaics belonged to the Byzantine era after searching on the Internet.