A very strange, brief item (to me, anyway) from Syrian TV:
Sweida Antiquities Department said that parts of mosaic representing geometric shapes and dating back to the end of the Roman era and the beginning of the Byzantine era were discovered at a house in Shahba city in Sweida.
Head of Sweida Antiquities Department Hussein Zaineddin told said that the unearthed parts are 6 meters long and 4,5 meters wide.
Zaineddin added that the unearthed parts will be joined to the picture which was discovered in 1970. The previously discovered picture is 3,5 meters long and 4,5 meters wide .
He pointed out that the picture to be displayed later at Sweida or Shahba museums after restoring it.
- Complementary parts of previously discovered mosaic unearthed in Sweida. (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2014, from Syrian TV
The original article is accompanied by a less-than-useful photo which doesn’t really add any veracity to the report. Apparently — given all that’s going on in Syria right now — that archaeology is proceeding normally. I’m not really sure what “discovered in a house” means (was the mosaic removed from a site? was it in situ?) and find it strange that we aren’t told where the “picture” portion is. I’m not sure we can lend any credence at all to this report.