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ostracon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA56692

  • Description

    Ostracon, consisting of a coarse sherd of brown pottery. No remains of the inscription remain.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres (max)
    • Width: 140 millimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        exterior
      • Inscription Language

        Coptic
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Totally disappeared.
  • Condition

    poor

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 January 1997

    Treatment proposal

    Removal of soluble nylon if possible, desalinate. Consolidate lamenating areas if necessary.

    Condition

    Treated with soluble nylon. Script totally obsured. Surface discoloured. Stored open in storage tray.

    Treatment details

    Four applications of Wolber's IMS gel applied. (IMS,water,carboxypolymethylene,polyoxyethylene-15-cocamine) Each 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 260896 0.2x10-5 270896 15.8x10-5 0.2x10-5 280896 9.6x10-5 0.2x10-5 290896 7.8x10-5 0.2x10-5 300896 7.0x10-5 0.2x10-5 010996 7.1x10-5 0.2x10-5 020996 2.2x10-5 0.2x10-5 030996 1.3x10-5 0.2x10-5 040996 1.3x10-5 RESULTS AFTER TREATMENT. After treatment no visible change. Structure now stable.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA56692

  • Registration number

    1923,0327.359

Ostracon, consisting of a coarse sherd of brown pottery. No remains of the inscription remain.

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