For fans of archaeology like me, there's no better place in Columbus this summer than the Columbus Museum of Art. When you visit, you'll find a 1,700-year-old masterpiece that looks almost as good as the day it was created.

A 300-square-foot colorful mosaic from Lod, Israel, is on display runs through Jan. 13, 2013. The mosaic, made of small bits (tesserae) of stone and glass, depicts a variety of life-like scenes, including sea creatures, predators and prey, and intricate geometric designs and is almost completely intact. Because stone and glass don't fade over time, the exhibit is a rare example of ancient artwork that looks almost exactly as it was intended.

The Museum has done a great job of tying in other items from its collection that relate to the subjects of the mosaic, including 20th century photography and a 4th century Coptic sea-serpent sculpture. One truly breathtaking part of the exhibit is a remarkably preserved footprint from one of the artist who created the mosaic. It doesn't photograph well, so you'll have to visit to check it out!

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art

Marvelous Menagerie - a Roman Mosaic at the Columbus Museum of Art