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1,600-year-old frescoes undergo cleaning by laser

The 1,600-year-old frescoes in the Catacomb of St. Domitilla have been cleaned using laser technology. Laser instruments were used to burn away the dirt and deposits, leaving only the rich colours of the frescoes beneath. “When we started work, you couldn’t see anything – it was totally black. Different wavelengths and chromatic

Rome’s Colosseum undergoes cleaning

Restoration crews are busy working on cleaning 2,000 years of dirt off of the Colosseum in Rome. The $35 million project—the first full cleaning in the Colosseum's history—aims to return it to its former splendor, while also strengthening the overall structure. Earthquakes, the pillaging of pieces of its outer frame, heavy

Security barrier set up around Rome’s Colosseum

A protective barrier has been set up around the Colosseum in Rome in preparation for some heavy restorative and cleaning work. A protective barrier will be installed around the Colosseum as a precaution measure to prevent passersby from dislodged fragments falling off the amphitheatre’s exterior walls. The announcement was made on 27

15th century Christ icon found in Ethiopia

A 500-year-old Christ icon has been discovered after it was cleaned by a British charity. The central panel of the triptych had over the centuries become blackened with the sprinkling of perfume that the monks use as they worship. The hugely important and stunning painted wood panel is now visible in its

Controversy brewing over suspected cleaning of ancient rock art

An archaeologist claims that someone has been secretly cleaning a Utah tourist attraction with a high-pressure washer, damaging the world-famous rock art in Nine Mile Canyon. The biggest issue is dust from hundreds of industry vehicles. Miller says dust is obscuring many ancient artworks. "We suspect it's being damaged, but we

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