The well-known Lod mosaic has traveled the world. Now the Israel Antiquities Authority announces it will finally have a home at the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center, which will be open to the public in 2019.
After touring the world, Israel’s most impressive mosaic will finally have a port of its own. Before dropping anchor at the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center upon its projected completion in 2019, the massive mosaic, decorated with seafaring motifs, had an adventure of its own.
The richly colorful mosaic was discovered accidentally during salvage excavations in 1996 at a central city square in Lod. At a ceremony on Thursday, the cornerstone of the Lod Mosaic Archaeological Center was laid at the site of its discovery by Lod Mayor Yair Ravivo, Israel Antiquities Authority director Israel Hasson, and the center’s main donor Shelby White…
Relating to the lengthy process preceding this groundbreaking, IAA director Hasson said on Thursday, “It gives us great pleasure to be able to provide visitors from around the world to enjoy a 2,000-year-old cultural treasure waiting patiently to be unveiled and appreciated.”