May 28, 2015

Reconstructing a wall painting!

Great sensitivity and patience are required for the retrieval of thousands of fragments from the ruins, without causing further damage. Imagine a jigsaw puzzle, with uneven pieces buried in the ground and without the whole picture to guide us! Then the fragments are carried to the laboratories in order to be cleaned, preserved and reassembled, so that they can be exhibited in the museums and become accessible to public.
You may think this process is simple but in reality, it is quite demanding and time-consuming, as researchers and archaeologists work together in all phases of the fresco restoration.

The impressive results of their efforts can be admired in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira and in the National Archaological Museum in Athens. Dont miss them!