Ancient vessels shattered in the Beruit explosion get a second chance

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Conservators retrieve fragments of broken glass vessels from amongst the shattered glass from the display case and nearby windows at the Archaeological Museum. (Courtesy of the Archaeological Museum.)
Conservators retrieve fragments of broken glass vessels from amongst the shattered glass from the display case and nearby windows at the Archaeological Museum. (Courtesy of the Archaeological Museum.)

On 4 August 2020, a devastating explosion made its way through Beruit, the capital of Lebanon. Approximately 5000 people were injured and 135 killed. 

Caused by a fire that broke out at the port of Beruit, inside a storage facility with explosive material, the eruption decimated a number of Beruit's galleries, museums, and art centres. 

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