In late June, archaeologists discovered a rare mosaic floor in a synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq, near the Sea of Galilee.
The discovery has garnered national headlines and been described by experts as a 'stunning' find, given the quality of the artwork and how rare the mosaic would have been at the time.
BYU professor Matthew Grey and recent BYU graduate Bryan Bozung were part of the archaeological team that unearthed the mosaic. In fact, Bozung, now a grad student at Yale, made the initial discovery.
"Discovering a mosaic like this is one of the most exciting moments in an archaeologist's career," Grey said. "Uncovering a piece of art that no one has seen for 1500 years is an incredible experience."
The mosaic, which is made of tiny colored stone cubes, dates back to the late Roman period – around the 4thor 5thcentury. It depicts two female faces flanking an Aramaic inscription that promises blessings upon those who keep God's commandments.Via http://www.heritagedaily.com/2012/07/byu-professor-grad-help-discover-rare-mosaic-in-ancient-jewish-synagogue/