Monthly Archives: August 2010

Give me shelter

A few weeks back, we decided to TAKE COVER (see post of the very same name) and build some temporary shelters over the exposed mosaics in order to keep the rain off of them and help ease them into life … Continue reading

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A really cool laser

We’ve talked about the condition survey going on at the site, now here are some nuggets of the nitty gritty. For the condition survey to be meaningful, it needs to be able to be repeated exactly later on to see … Continue reading

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Get out the grit.

Cleaning has commenced on the mosaics, after research and many tests.  We have found a way to get the job done efficiently and well with a light touch on the mosaics.  The archaeologists removed the overburden of sandy backfill from the … Continue reading

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Take Cover!

After investigating the effects of water on the mosaics it was decided that the delicate tesserae in room 5b and the room 6 corridor (are between the two shelter buildings) require protection from water flowing through the surface and possibly … Continue reading

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Capturing a moment

When the conservators show up on site, the expectation of dramatic change is in the air.  It’s as though the original Roman mosaic artisans have returned to polish up their work to appear just as the day they first laid … Continue reading

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Conservation Begins….

The conservators have now arrived on site and are ready to begin the process.  Greetings!  We begin this week with a full condition survey of all of the newly excavated mosaics.  While looking at old photographs of these floors from … Continue reading

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