Researchers at an Italian conservation laboratory claim to have discovered the secrets of ancient Egyptian craftsmen - and that conservation treatments will be much improved as a result.
The ISAD lab in Trepani was commissioned by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities to investigate why some of the pigments on ancient wall paintings were fading. It had been assumed that the pigments were based on earth colours, so the colour fading was unexpected and inexplicable. As a result, conservation efforts based on this assumption had disappointing results. However, the Italian researchers say that they have now managed to identify the minerals from which the pigments were made, and will be recreating them exactly in the National Resarch Council's inorganic surface chemistry lab in Padua.
Modern lab recreating ancient pigments -- United Press
Italy to redo Egyptian colours -- Italy magazine