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by Archaeology Newsroom

The restoration of a Roman glass bottle

A glass bottle, found in a Roman tomb of the third century BC. was restored in the laboratories of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. The bottle is made of transparent blown glass with a slight green tinge. Although broken, it is in good condition except for a small area suffering from devitrification. The object was cleaned with ethyl alcohol and de-ionized water in equal parts (dry mud) then mechanically with a scalpel and pin (surface, holes and difficult – to -reach areas). The devitrificated areas were coated with 5% Paraloid B72 in acetone. The adhesives used were Loctrite Glass Bond for the body and Profix Spezial – Kleber (Porzellan / Glas) for the handle. The few missing areas were not gapfilled.