World’s oldest mosaic unearthed in central Turkey

Mosaic belongs to 1500s BC. Photo: Anadolu Agency

YOZGAT, Turkey: Excavators have discovered a 3,500-year-old mosaic, the world’s oldest, in central Turkey.

According to Anadolu Agency (AA), the mosaic consisting of 3,147 stones with a size of 3×7 metres was found in Usakli Hoyuk located in Yozgat’s Sorgun district, where surface surveys have begun in 2008 and excavations have begun in 2012.

The excavations are being carried out jointly by the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museum, Bozok University and Italy’s Pisa University, said Huseyin Ciftci, provincial culture and tourism director.

“In scientific studies, it has been determined that the mosaic found is the first mosaic in the world history. The mould of the mosaic also supports this, as it is quite primitive. We are planning to earn this place to tourism sector.”

Anacleto D’agostino, a lecturer at Pisa University and excavation team head, said that the mosaic they found belongs to the 1500s BC.

Also stating that the mosaic is the oldest in the world, he said: “We know there are similar mosaics in Greece, but we think that the mosaic here is older than that there.” – Bernama