Restoration in Ephesus: The world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle

Published on May 12th, 2009 | by Admin


Restoration work is taking place on a Roman consul’s house in the ancient city of Ephesus where the walls have been broken into 120,000 pieces, all being put back together one fragment at a time.

The walls had sunk deep into the soil over time due to numerous earthquakes. The pieces of the walls have been found through the extensive excavations, which have been going on for years. Presently the there are about 120,000 pieces that are going to be used for the restoration, funded by Borusan Holding. Ladstatter said they believe those pieces constitute 90 percent of the walls. She added that they are going to use laser screening to find the proper piece to put into the proper place in the wall. “What we are going to do here now is an effort to complete a puzzle composed of 120,000 pieces,” Ladstatter summarized. The restoration is expected to cost $300,000.

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