Restoring Coins in Egypt: Field School in Karnak Project

Restoring coins is a way to offer a second life to ancient coins. In giving the opportunity to young conservators to learn about the latest techniques of coin conservation, taught by the best specialists, it is a chance to continue the collaboration with the SCA and to complete the formation of conservators. Project Director: Thomas Faucher

From the end of the 19th century, any excavation undertaken in Egypt, whether in an urban area or within the temples, has inevitably produced its share of coins. These pieces are generally illegible without restoration and much material presently lies in excavation storehouses and in museums without having received any treatment that might allow for an analysis of the object. The restoration of coins is a sub-discipline of metal restoration, however, in a country where the restoration of large monuments, and most notably temples, occupies the vast majority of any restoration resources, it is essential to train specialist restorers to handle metal, and more specifically, coins.

Project Details

Location: Luxor, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt-Antiquities Endowment Fund Funding received: $44,089 Commencement Date: 12/2015 Project Status: Completed
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