The Acropolis

The Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA), used the method of photogrammetry and through 2.250 photos that were taken from a special equipped weather balloon they managed to locate after processing the data, at least five metopes in fragments on the walls of the southern part of the Acropolis and it is assumed that they come from the northern side of the Parthenon’s ancient building. They were embodied at the fortification of the walls of the Acropolis in the 18th century, during a restoration project of that time.

Parthenon's Frieze

These fragments stand out because of the well made white Pentelic marble from which the whole Parthenon is made of.

Archaeologists all this time thought that these pieces were lost after the explosion that Francesco Morosini’s canons caused in 1687.

Explosion caused by Francesco Morosini’s canons (1687)

 

Now they realize that these fragments fell inside the temple and were later gathered and used in the restoration process.

The five new-found metopes are just a small number of the 92 in total marble panels Parthenon has. They portray Gigantomachy on the east, the Amazons on the west, the Trojan War on the north and the Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs on the south.

Archaeologists still don’t know what exactly the new finds represent. The Acropolis Restoration Service is restoring for quite a long time now similar fragments that were found scattered on other parts of the Acropolis.

THE LASER “BATH” OF CARYATIDS

A couple of weeks ago the restoration method of laser that can clean up statues without causing any damage to the decoration details and surface, was decided to begin to the Caryatids unanimous.

Already, on January 28th a specialist in restoration with the laser method, showed to the public how it is done and how friendly it is to the statue.

Laser...bath!

The specialists also discovered during this restoration, that the Caryatids had already being repaired since…. the Roman times (!), after a fire that broke out at Erechtheum, from a barbaric siege that happened in 1st century BC. Those past wounds were healed well, but now they have to get rid of the rest sloppy restorations that happened all these thousands of years. (funny to think that in Roman times they did a better job in restoring than the ones they tried to do a couple of hundred years from our time… )

The Caryatids in the New Acropolis Museum

Where they used to be, at Erechtheum,Acropolis. After they were transferred to the museum they have been replaced with copies on the Acropolis.*

*photo by Gimper_paco

(Unfortunately I can’t find a video of it although it was recorded and shown on tv)

But the laser-bath won’t stop to Caryatids. This will be also the method that all the rest statues stored in the new National Archaeological Museum will have.

While checking out the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) web-page, I bumped myself on a very nice application type of thing where you can …”play” with the Parthenon’s Frieze (click here)! It’s in both Greek and English and a cool tool for educational purposes.

Parthenon by night

Parthenon and the whole Acropolis, by day