A 1,500-year-old mosaic and Roman-era monastery have been discovered in the Ali Agha district of Izmir.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, A monastery built during the Hellenistic and Roman era and a 1,500-year-old mosaic was unearthed in the city of Izmir (former ancient Greek city of Smyrna) in Turkey, during a raid by security forces which captured two suspects conducting an illegal excavation.
The provincial security forces took action after receiving the news of illegal excavations in a mountainous area where there are no transportation facilities by vehicle.
The suspects were arrested trying to remove the historical remains about 2 meters (6.5 feet) below the ground.
Later, experts from the Izmir Archeology Museum investigated the site, and the local authorities secured the area.
“The rare mosaic which is decorated with ivy motifs was thought to have been made by a man of church for the protection of his family,” the report says.
After initial study is performed, the mosaic, said to be rare in the world, will be taken to museum.