Israel's Mosaics From Byzantium and Rome Thrill to Bits

The beautiful ancient mosaic floors around Israel prove that the genre's best artists lived 1,500 to 2,000 years ago

At Hirbet Hanut in the Jerusalem hills lies a small, damaged mosaic. It's definitely not one of the most beautiful in Israel, a powerhouse in ancient mosaics. Its magic lies in that it's covered. If you want to see it, you have to take a small broom lying nearby and sweep away a layer of sand, there to protect the artwork. Underneath is a floor made of small stones in geometric patterns.