Intricate 6th-century floor mosaics have been uncovered at Tel Shikmona park in
the North, the University of Haifa announced on Tuesday.
The mosaics were
unearthed by researchers from the university’s Institute of Archeology, who were
taking part in renewed digs at the site. Archeological digs were held at Tel
Shikmona throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but the site was neglected for decades
and became strewn with trash. Since the discovery was made, researchers have
been working to remove the built-up garbage and clean the mosaic floors to
prepare them for viewing by the public.
Researchers say the
well-preserved mosaics date back to the Byzantine period and were part of an
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A number of archeological finds have been
discovered at the seaside site south of Haifa, including an Egyptian tomb, a
Persian citadel and a number of luxury items from the Bronze Age.
finds have shown that Shikmona was inhabited over a range of time from the
Bronze Age to the Byzantine period, and was the main city of the Haifa and
Carmel area from the 4th century BCE to the Muslim conquest in the 7th century
The site is part of the Shikmona National Park in the Shikmona Nature
Reserve and is managed by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority. Plans are under
way for the site to become a public archeological park that will be annexed to
the Hecht park in Haifa.