THE LARGEST AND MOST ARTICULATED HELLENISTIC MOSAIC FROM MAGNA GRECIA HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE SOUTHERN ITALIAN REGION OF CALABRIA AFTER 15 YEARS OF EXCAVATION.
LAST TIME WE SPOKE ABOUT NEW ITALIAN SITES GAINING WORLD HERITAGE STATUS. THIS TIME SOMETHING THAT STILL HAS TO DO WITH THE DIVERSITY OF THE ITALIAN CULTURAL TRASURES
THE AREA WERE THE FINDINGS TOOK PLACE IS MONASTERACE MARINA, ANCIENT KAULONIA (Ionian sea coast of Calabria). Last year mosaics representing a dragon and dolphin were ALSO found here. The others found this year represent a small dolphin, a new dragon and a large dolphin fighting the dragon discovered last year.
The area has been called ‘the room of dragons and doplhins’ and the finding confirms the presence of one of the largest Hellenistic mosaics from Magna Grecia over a surface of about 30 square metres. The mosaic dates back between the end of the IV and the first decades of the III century BC.
Archaeologist Francesco Cuteri is coordinating the work with the participation of Italian university students and students with the college of Bahia Blanca in Argentina.