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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Archaeological Discovery: Technology reveals Images of the Apostles in Rome

Paul                                  John

Archaeology and technology combine to reveal images of the apostles John and Andrew in an underground burial chamber beneath an office building on a busy street in Rome.

The images, which date from the second half of the 4th century, were uncovered using a new laser technique that allows restorers to burn off centuries of thick white calcium carbonate deposits without damaging the brilliant dark colors of the paintings underneath.

The technique could revolutionize the way restoration work is carried out in the miles of catacombs under the Eternal City.

Check out the entire discovery of the images of John and Andrew on Journal Gazette 

Pictures Courtesy of Wikipedia (not images discovered)

1 Comment:

Shelly Barclay said...

I have always been interested in restoration techniques such as this. Imagine all that we'll see that has been lost for centuries as the technology gets even better in the days ahead. Very exciting.

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