Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Needle work for ancient coffin

For nine months, experts at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, have been using a hyperdermic needle and catheter tubing to slowly restore a single 2,750-year-old coffin. 

A small team of conservators are finishing their painstaking work to restore and preserve dozens of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in time for the grand opening of the new £5m galleries next month. 

The new galleries of Ancient Egypt and Nubia will open to the public on Saturday, November 26, and set to boost visitor numbers to new record levels. 

Head of conservation Mark Norman told the Oxford Mail: “In the entire collection there are about 50,000 objects, although a lot of that is archaeological material not suitable for public display."

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