Unearthing a Masterpiece; The “Lod Mosaic” at the Penn Museum

  • 08 May 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Second Floor Education Room


Registration is closed
In 1996, workmen constructing a new highway in Lod, Israel (near modern-day Tel Aviv), made a shocking discovery: a 1,700 year old Roman mosaic was discovered under the surface of the road. A rescue excavation was conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority that revealed a full series of mosaic floors, measuring roughly 27 by 50 feet overall. Conservators provided preliminary treatment of the mosaics, and then reburied the floors until funding could be secured for the full scientific excavation and conservation. In 2009, excavators unearthed the “Lod Mosaic”; which were then separated into panels and rolled away from the site. Three of these panels are on display in Unearthing a Masterpiece.
Dating to 300 CE, the Lod Mosaic is one of the most complete, well-preserved, and largest Roman mosaics ever found. It was likely commissioned by a high-standing Roman official for his private home. Alluding to gladiatorial games, the mosaic panels depict scenes of hunting, trading, and marine life; but the lack of human figures on any of the panels makes the Lod Mosaic very unusual. This exhibition presents the unique history and fascinating excavation of this impressive ancient Roman mosaic, as will be described more fully by a guide from the PMAA.
More than 300 square feet and nearly 2,000 years old, this ancient Roman floor mosaic is one of the world’s largest and best preserved. Learn about the mosaic's discovery, history and conservation in this limited time exhibition. See this unique archaeological gem in its final United States venue before it travels to the Louvre in Paris and eventually becomes the permanent focus of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center in Israel.

PMAA Museum Admission will be waived for APT-DVC attendees. The PMAA Café will be open until 7:45 for self-purchasing of snacks and drinks.

Our speaker:

Sarah Linn

Sarah received her B.A. (2007) from the University of Arizona for which she wrote an Honor's Thesis concerning Minoan jewelry. During her undergraduate career Sarah studied in Orvieto, Italy and Paris. Her research interest is in the Bronze Age Aegean with a particular focus on luxury items. Continuing on at the U of A, she received her M.A. (2009) in Classical Studies with an emphasis in archaeology. Her M.A. thesis addressed perceptions of the past by examining Minoan heirlooms found within Early Iron Age burial contexts. Sarah has participated in the Mount Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project for the past three summers.

For further information visit: www.lodmosaic.org