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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
096. (Book and Paper) Michigan papyri fragments from excavations to display; Egyptian museum of Cairo.

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The Egyptian Museum of Cairo possesses one of the most important collections of papyri in the world. Michigan university excavation collection is one of its valuable collections swept away from sandy Egyptian archaeological excavation sites occurred from the 1920 – 1940, inspired by Francis Willey Kelsey*, The Michigan papyri housed today in the Egyptian Museum were excavated by American archaeologists of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) between 1924 and 1926 in the Graeco-Roman village of Karanis, in the north-western part of the Fayum. The papyri of Michigin contain literary as well as documentary texts which shed new light on the life of the people who lived in Karanis in the 2nd century CE. This collection contains fascinating personal letters, school primers, medical texts, sales contracts and items illustrating every-day life . Because of Papyri are considered as objects of special value, due to their historical value of the writing contents and be an archaeological artifact at the same time, The collection is a rich source for study and publication by Egyptologists and papyrologist. This paper aims to illustrate the conservation treatments (disinfection, documentation, restoration process, and re-housing) of some special fragments which were mounted in different kinds of beautiful old cigarettes boxes, wooden and metallic boxes with few numbers of very good-packed envelopes, and remounting them between two sheets of glass in order to make them available to students and scholars in order to facilitate the studying and publishing of them. Keywords: Papyri; Michigan University; excavation; Egyptian museum; historical value; conservation treatments; disinfection; documentation; restoration process.


Sara M. Nour

Paper Conservator, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Work Experience: - 2012: Start working in Egyptian-Italian lab for restoring and conserving papyrus inaugurated With Dr.Corrado Basile_ is the General Manger of The International Institute of Papyrus. -2015,2016: conservation project for a group of three demotic papyri, 6th dept... Read More →

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

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