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by Archaeology Newsroom

Mosaics (part III)

The techniques that are in use nowadays for the restoration of mosaics vary,depending on whether the mosaics decorate a wall or floor. We are dealing here with the restoration of floor mosaics. Floor mosaics usually make their appearance in the course of an excavation and soon thereafter the restoration work commences; cleaning of the surface, drawing of its decoration, recording of its status in photographs. In the next phase, a strong fabric is pasted onto the mosaic surface to stabilize and hold together its tesserae. Thus, the mosaic is ready for the next step, to be taken if judged necessary; detachment from the ground. The cleaning of the bottom of the mosaic follows and then the mosaic either is placed on a specially prepared bed or is fixed in frames, in the case of its being transferred to a museum.