This "new" mosaic will be another highlight of the new museum.
In Israel, before any construction operation can begin, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) conducts an investigation to ensure that valuable pieces of ancient history are not lost before they can be discovered. This practice is bearing fruit largely after an ancient Roman mosaic was found during such an investigation. Interestingly, it was found in the future site of a new mosaic museum.
The museum is being built in the city of Lod, about 10 kilometers from Tel Aviv. From 1996 to 2009 archaeologists worked to discover the "Lod mosaic", one of the largest and best preserved mosaics found in the country. The images show terrestrial animals, fish and two Roman ships.
While the team was excavating the area that will become the visitor center of the museum, in a site that was once a villa belonging to a wealthy Roman merchant, they unearthed another piece of 1700-year-old mosaic tile floor.
In 2015, another mosaic was found depicting a bird in the vicinity of the village. This mosaic will also be exhibited when the new Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center finally opens, in 2019.