A number of fragmentary vessels, which had been used as grave goods, were restored during the 2012 campaign. Missing parts of vessels were completed in plaster and coloured with lighter-tone to differentiate preserved and reconstructed parts.

Example (12PA247) illustrating the stages of restoration for a small pot: 1. glueing, 2. filling in gaps with plaster, 3. painting of plaster.

Those almost-complete large vessels which served as grave containers (including numerous amphorae, pithoi and a few hydriai) are due to be physically restored in the next year. Many have already been ‘visually’ restored in drawing-form. The combination of drawing and physical restoration makes both more understandable and allows validation of the full shapes of specific vessel types. This is a particular strength of the material from Panormos where many forms were previously only known in the literature from fragmentary pieces (such as rims, handles or base sections).


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( A. Slawisch • 27 Mar 2013)
A. Slawisch, 2013. Project Panormos: Restoration; 27 Mar 2013. <> accessed 20 Oct 2017.