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all photographs taken by David Beard

Cleaning the mortar backing

Preparing to lift the Roman painted plaster

Pouring the ‘plaster of paris’ backing

Adding the hessian scrim reinforcing

Freeing the edge of the ‘sandwich’

Lifting the ‘sandwich’

The painted decoration revealed after more than seventeen hundred years

Revealing the second fragment