In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies

Conservator Tessa de Alarcon uses a portable x-ray fluorescence analyser to study a pre-Dynastic mummy in the Artifact Lab.

Our highly successful open conservation lab recently received funding for a third year and will run at least through August 2015. We continue to learn a lot (Number 1 question asked by visitors: “Is it real?”). Even though the objects being treated in the Artifact Lab have all been in our collections for many decades, the potential for new discoveries (or re-discoveries) has been amazing.

Rockwell Project Conservator Molly Gleeson unearthed and collated so much information about the autopsies carried out on four of our human mummies that Melissa Miller, a volunteer intern and student at the University of Delaware, recently completed her Senior Thesis on the topic. Laura Galicier, a conservation student from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France, completed a six-month internship in April and has just turned in her dissertation, based on work done In the Artifact Lab. You can read about both these projects, as well as other fascinating topics on our blog.

(Photo caption: Conservator Tessa de Alarcon uses a portable x-ray fluorescence analyser to study a pre-Dynastic mummy in the Artifact Lab.)

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