Maurizio Tagliapietra with the restored frescoes at Masada in a photo by Ilan Assayag from the Hebrew-language Haaretz publication.
Frescoes uncovered during Yigael Yadin’s celebrated excavations at Masada in the 1960s were exposed to the elements and eventually had to be removed from the site for preservation. Now, after almost twenty years in storage, the frescoes from the “commander’s residence” have been returned to their place in Masada, following restoration efforts conducted by University of Verona professor Maurizio Tagliapietra.
Masada, the dramatic mountaintop site of the last stand between the Roman army and Jewish rebels in the first century C.E., is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Israel. The Herodian-period frescoes, which depict geometric figures, have been returned to their original locations in a room near Herod’s Northern Palace. The locations were determined using photographs taken during Yadin’s excavations.
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