Conserving the wall paintings in the Tomb of Tutankhamen: How the past informs the future

Lori Wong, Stephen Rickerby, Ramadan Mohamed Salem Bedair

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Since its discovery by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings has been subject to pressures and expectations that have influenced approaches to its conservation. Concerns over
the presumed effects of mass tourism on the condition of the tomb and its wall paintings have led to inappropriate and often unnecessary interventions. In a collaborative project between Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and the Getty Conservation Institute to conserve the tomb’s wall paintings, information about the past is being used to inform current and future decision making. The tomb’s historical and archaeological significance is being reconsidered in relation to current condition, to arrive at a conservation approach that emphasizes preventive measures and a better understanding of environmental issues, and limits the nature and scope of remedial treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 4–8 September 2017
EditorsJanet Bridgland
ISBN (Print)9789290124269
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


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