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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
095. (Book and Paper) Conservation of evidence: Howard Carter's journals the Morning post and Egyptian Gazette

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Tutankhamun is famous throughout the world for the wealth of the objects found in the pharaoh's tomb, objects which can be seen in various galleries of the Egyptian Museum. Numerous books have been written about the golden treasure, but no one write about the materials from Carter's diaries and journals. Carter used in his Everyday life inside the tomb some materials and boxes to help him in packing and transportation of object from the tomb to the Egyptian museum at Tahrir. All the materials which Carter used in the excavation have a historical context with the archaeological objects from the tomb such as the newspaper, boxes and numbering cards all these materials have telling rich stories about the everyday life of the excavators. The newspaper which Carter used to read it was the Morning Post and Egyptian Gazette, after Carter read he used them as packing materials or supports to transfer the textiles of the king from the tomb to the Egyptian museum at Tahrir. Before using the newspapers Carter cut them into different pieces to transferred textile objects from Egyptian museum to The Grand Egyptian museum. The aim of our research is to study the historical context of the newspapers and conserve them as apart from the history of the tomb. We received the textiles in our new museum GEM-CC and start to document all pieces of newspaper with the textile objects which transferred with it, one of the most interesting things that the numbering cards attached to the pieces of newspaper .on the other side we search about the date of these newspaper we found that these date have interesting event inside the tomb. Also we start to collect the pieces which have cut from one newspaper together. From the conservation point view we studied the yellowing of the newspaper which gives us accurate assessment to the condition of the storeroom of Egyptian museum at Tahrir which we can measure the amount of changes of the newspaper from its original color to the yellowish color. Anew mounting will made to the pieces using acid free cardboard.


Nagm El Deen Morshed Hamza

Conservation Scientist, Grand Egyptian Museum - Conservation Center
Licence in Archaeology from Cairo University, Faculty of Archeology, Conservation Department, 2006. He attended various training courses on textile and material conservation organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Research Institute for Cultural Properties... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower
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