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Conservation of Ancient Papyrus Materials

Jaakko Frösén

in The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843695
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199843695.013.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Conservation of Ancient Papyrus Materials

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Papyrus conservation has had a long history since the first attempts to open the carbonized Herculaneum rolls found in 1752 and to unroll the Charta Borgiana, acquired in 1778. New techniques have always been invented and tested, and old treatments have been revised. This article records the methods used on papyrus materials. These methods include physical control; cellulose treatment; ink fixing; and conserving papyrus, mummy cartonnages, and carbonized papyri.

Keywords: papyri conservation; carbonized papyri; Charta Borgiana; mummy cartonnages; carbonized Herculaneum rolls

Article.  7303 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Papyrology ; Historical Archaeology

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