Egyptian Museum in Cairo Coins Conservation Project

This project was the second field school of its type dedicated to the restoration of coins discovered in Egypt, followed on from the programme held in 2016 at Karnak, which raised awareness of the need to train Egyptian personnel in the restoration of coins and demonstrated the feasibility of such a project. Project Director: Thomas Faucher

The Egyptian Museum of Cairo coins conservation project , organised by Thomas Faucher and Charlotte Rerolle, was the second field school of its type dedicated to the restoration of coins discovered in Egypt. It followed on from the inaugural programme held in 2016 at Karnak, which raised awareness of the need to train Egyptian personnel in the restoration of coins and also demonstrated the feasibility of such a project. The overall success of the project can be found in the enormous progress achieved by the trainees from the beginning to the end of the course in terms of the understanding of corrosion, the expectations of numismatists as regards the gathering of scientific data, and above all, in their ability to work independently in setting up mass chemical treatment procedures, work that is uncommon in Egypt. After the project, these five restorers worked in a completely autonomous fashion and are able to organise their work in order to achieve greater efficiency. The necessary protocols have been established for Ptolemaic coins and Roman billons, but after this project, trainees are capable of setting up their own procedures for the Late Roman, Byzantine and Islamic coins in order to complete the endeavour that was begun with the ensemble from Kom Aushim.

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Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): The Egyptian Museum Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $66,058 Commencement Date: 10/2017 Project Status: Completed
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