Nicky Davidov, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority

LOD MOSAIC. Four mosaic floors have been uncovered from a wealthy Roman house in Lod, Israel (ancient Diospolis). This aerial photograph shows the most famous of the floors—known commonly as the Lod Mosaic—which decorated the main hall or dining room of the third- or fourth-century C.E. house. The mosaic is divided into a northern and southern carpet that are separated by a band. Discovered in 1996, the Lod Mosaic measures 30 feet wide and 56 feet long—making it the largest Roman mosaic in Israel.