Hundreds of coffins to be restored in Egyptian Museum conservation project

Four small gold coffins from the tomb of King Tutankhamun on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. ©Mark Fischer CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

CAIRO – A team of conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo will soon be involved in a project to document and conserve a collection of 600 coffins. The project is part of an American-Egyptian collaboration to preserve and document one of the world’s oldest civilisations.
Moamen Othman, the Head of the museum’s conservation department said: “There has been no other project like this worldwide, with this number of coffins being documented or restored”.
Egypt was awarded the conservation grant worth $130,000 (£105,000), in December 2015 with the project representing a part of a wider US-Egypt treaty signed in 2016 to curb illicit trafficking
The funds are to be made available through The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), a US programme founded in 2001 that has been responsible for the conservation and restoration of various ancient sites, museums and artefacts not only in Egypt but around the world. “One of the main goals of the project is to ensure that the [Egyptian] Museum has a full inventory of the objects and understands their conservation needs so that the coffins can be made available for research by scholars but also for the public,” AFCP programme director Martin Perschler said.
To learn more about this project and other projects funded by AFCP visit: https://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center