The fragmentary fresco of Tyche, discovered in the Northeast Insula, is on view at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. We recommend a website for the Museums of Israel for a full description of the find.
The entrance inscription for the garden has now been cleaned. In addition to the text previously announced, one can now see a leaf and stem below the welcoming words.
Thanks to Jackie and Anna who spent the day in the tedious work of revealing the inscription so that it might be seen by human eyes for the first time in 1262 years.
Today, new mosaic floors appeared in the excavation areas of the NE zone. A mosaic floor is the third floor (earliest) identified in the northeast hall of the peristyle house. Only a small fragment is visible so far just inside the western entrance. Watch for more later in the week.
Further north in the entrance to the garden from the stepped street, a second mosaic floor is being uncovered. Anna Shaw and Dylan Olson did the detail work.
While Dylan was cleaning the floor, his supervisor, Darryl Schmidt, while looking down from above, noticed some writing in the floor. It is an inscription in tabula ansata, that reads
A rough translation is “Good fortune to the builder.”
Dylan continued the cleaning process that revealed the inscription.
In this same garden the team recovered last year a fresco of Tyche, the goddess of Fortune. Her name is the root of the first word of this inscription.
More cleaning is scheduled for tomorrow.