What a job: Berlin museum restores war-shattered artefacts
Archaeologists pieced together some 25,000 bits and shards of basalt over nine years to reconstruct about 40 giant figures from a temple at the ancient Tell Halaf settlement in present day northern Syria. It had been in a Berlin museum since 1930.
“Thousands of fragments had to be painstakingly put back together with epoxy,” Nadja Cholidis, the leading archaeologist on the project, told Reuters.
Archaeologists used historical photographs to identify fragments and reconstruct the 3,000-year-old sculptures and objects, Cholidis said. She added that it is probably the largest restoration of its kind undertaken by a museum.
UPDATE: BBC has more including more photos.