Archaeologists in southern Turkey are excavating an enormous mosaic, the largest of its kind in this region, that once surrounded an ancient Roman bath.
The mosaic covers 1,600 square feet (149 square meters) and seems to surround a large bath or pool.
The Roman mosaic found in Antoichia ad Cragum, an ancient city along the southern Turkey coast.
A farmer's plow first turned up tiles from the mosaic nearly 10 years ago, alerting archaeologists to the find.
Colorful Mosaic Patterns
Each section of the mosaic features its own geometric design.
Sweeping the Mosaic
Archaeologists have about 40 percent of the mosaic floor uncovered. They will continue excavating in summer 2013.
An overhead view of the mosaic excavation.
The head of an Aphrodite sculpture was discovered in southern Turkey during archaeological excavations.
Roman Bath Turkey
The dig site at Antiochia ad Cragum, where researchers have discovered a huge mosaic decorating a Roman bath.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.