Ancient mosaic featuring 'cheerful' skeleton found in Turkey

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Posted: Apr 22, 2016 9:40 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says archaeologists have unearthed an ancient mosaic featuring a reclining skeleton holding a drink with the inscription in Greek: "Be cheerful, enjoy life."

Anadolu Agency said Friday the mosaic was discovered during excavations in the Syrian border province of Hatay — ancient Antioch — which boasts Turkey's largest collection of ancient mosaics.

Anadolu said the floor mosaic, dating from the third century B.C., is believed to have decorated the dining area of a home. The skeleton, featured on a black background, is surrounded by bread and an amphora.

Anadolu quoted archaeologist Demet Kara as saying the mosaic is unique in Turkey but a similar one has been found in Italy.