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Villa of the BirdsThe Excavation and Preservation of the Kom al-Dikka Mosaics$
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Wojcech Kolataj and Grzegorz Majcherek

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160769

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.001.0001

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Mosaics Conservation Work

Mosaics Conservation Work

Chapter:
(p.43) Chapter 2 Mosaics Conservation Work
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Villa of the Birds
Author(s):

Wojciech Kołątaj

Grzegorz Majcherek

Ewa Parandowska

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.003.0003

The full extent of the four mosaic floors was revealed in the course of the conservation project. The mosaics appeared to be in fairly good condition, although some fragments were almost completely lost. The bedding of the mosaics was stable in the major part and the tesserae were in good condition due to the hardness and low porosity of the stone of which they were made. The mosaics had been restored and protected in the past. There were two kinds of old repairs visible on the surface, ancient ones and modern ones from the 1970s. The conservation of the mosaics started on June 1, 1998, and was completed in three stages. The mosaics were preserved in situ, on their original beddings. Since large lacunae were not filled, it seemed advisable, for conservation reasons, to introduce aeration pipes around the preserved fragments.

Keywords:   mosaic floors, ancient repairs, modern repairs, situ, original bedding, aeration pipes

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