Aug 10, 2016

By Andy Johnson

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A mosaic floor dating to the 4th century has been uncovered in Cyprus.

The shadow of Archeologist Fryni Hadjichristofi is cast over a rare mosaic floor dating to the 4th century depicting scenes from a chariot race in the hippodrome, uncovered and shown to the media for the first time Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016, in Akaki village outside from capital Nicosia, Cyprus. The extraordinary mosaic floor is 11 meters long and four meters wide (36 by 13 feet) depicting scenes of a chariot race in the hippodrome in ancient Rome, in ornate detail. (AP Photo/Pavlos Vrionides)

It is said to depict scenes from a chariot race in the hippodrome.  It’s the only one of its kind in Cyprus and one of only a few in the world.

The Cyprus Antiquities Department reports that the mosaic depicts, separate in ornate detail. scenes from the race involving four chariots, each with four horses,

The mosaic is possibly part of a villa that may have belonged to a wealthy individual or nobleman when Cyprus was under Roman rule.

The mosaic also provides new information on the little known past of the island’s interior.

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