Tue Jun 27, 2017 04:58PM
The 26-meter long mosaic is part of a gallery from an ancient mansion.
The 26-meter long mosaic is part of a gallery from an ancient mansion.
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Archaeologists in Cyprus have unearthed a 2000-year-old floor mosaic which shows scenes from chariot races in a hippodrome.

The 26-meter long mosaic is part of a gallery from an ancient mansion. The excavation began in 2013 and the full mosaic was unveiled briefly last year, before authorities covered it up for protection.

Archeologists have recently removed the layer of dirt to begin restoration works. Experts say it will take several years until it can be visited by the public.

They believe the mosaic is the only one of its kind in Cyprus, and one of just nine other mosaics showing hippodrome scenes found in the Roman world.