Conservation – Restoration of the “West Magazines”
It was imperative to conserve and repair both the masonry and the stones, plaster and pithoi preserved here in situ. The first consolidation-restoration work was carried out from 2006 to 2009, in the context of the “Palace and Archaeological Site of Knossos” project of the 3rd CSF, and focussed on the southern, unroofed “Magazines III-VII”. The work was extended to the northern “Magazines XIII-XVIII” as part of the NSRF project (phot. 3,4).
The masonry conservation included the following stages: removal of the mortar and strong cement plaster of various earlier interventions; cleaning of the joints; and pointing with new mortar compatible with the ancient materials (phot. 5-8).
The stones used to cap the sockets of the vertical beams during the course of earlier interventions were also removed (phot. 9,10). This provided important information on the position and diameter of the vertical and transverse beams, the position of the lengthwise beam supporting the walls, etc.