Ensuring the sustainability of conservation: Monitoring and maintenance in the tomb of Tutankhamen

Lori Wong, Sara Lardinois, Hany Hussein, Ramadan Mohamed Salem Bedair, Neville Agnew

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The Getty Conservation Institute and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities have collaborated on a project for the conservation and management of KV 62: the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings. Dating to 1323 BCE, the tomb has been heavily visited since its discovery in 1922. Visitation has negatively impacted the tomb, both by altering its interior microclimate and by mechanical damage, which has led to loss of original material. The project comprised strategies to counter these effects, including conservation of the wall paintings, installation of new infrastructure, stabilization of environmental conditions, and recommendations for managing visitors. To ensure the sustainability of these measures into the future, monitoring and maintenance considerations were built into the project both in the design of conservation solutions and in the development and implementation of an ongoing overall strategy for the tomb.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranscending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation
Subtitle of host publicationICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference Preprints, Beijing, 17–21 May 2021
EditorsJanet Bridgland
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-491997-14-4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


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