Ostracon, consisting of a thick, coarse sherd of red siltware inscribed with faded remains of six lines of Coptic text written in black ink.
- Found/Acquired: Wadi Sarga
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Asyut,Wadi Sarga)
- Height: 134 millimetres (max)
- Width: 140 millimetres (max)
Inscription TransliterationRemains of six lines of Coptic text written in black ink, considerably faded.
fair (text worn)
20 January 1997
Reason for treatment
Removal of soluble nylon if possible, desalinate. Consolidate lamenating areas if necessary.
Treated with soluble nylon. Script totally obsured, physical loss of script. Surface flaking, lamenating and discoloured. Stored in storage tray.
Lamenating areas consolidated using 10.% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a brush and micropipette. Three application of Wolber's IMS gel applied. (IMS,water,carboxypolymethylene,polyoxyethylene-15-cocamine) Application left on for 3 hours and covered with cling film to prevent evaporation of Wolbers gel. Between applications the Wolbers gel was gently rinsed off using distilled water and a soft sable brush. After Wolber gel treatment desalination carried out. Object completely immersed in distilled water. Wash water changed on a daily basis. Conductivity readings taken of both the tap water and the wash water. DATE WASH WATER DISTILLED WATER measured in siemens 10-5/10-4 090996 0.3x10-5 100996 77.5x10-5 0.3x10-5 110996 50.6x10-5 0.3x10-5 120996 30.2x10-5 0.3x10-5 130996 29.1x10-5 0.3x10-5 150996 6.6x10-5 0,3x10-5 160996 3.1x10-5 0.3x10-5 170996 1.8x10-5 0.3x10-5 180996 1.0x10-5 RESULTS AFTER TREATMENT. Surface less discoloured, script just visible.
Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA72489
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