Palestinian farmer discovers rare Byzantine-era mosaic while planting olive tree in Gaza

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Last spring, a Palestinian farmer was planting a new olive tree when his shovel hit a hard object. He called his son, and for three months, the pair slowly excavated an ornate Byzantine-era mosaic. Experts say the discovery of the mosaic — which includes 17 well-preserved images of animals and birds — is one of Gaza’s greatest archeological treasures. The discovery has set off excitement a...

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