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Wool fragments of a very fine broken diamond twill weave, dyed, perhaps deriving from a tunic. Mounted in eight pieces. Excavated from drinking-horn complex.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
1 May 2006
Reason for treatment
The object had been sandwiched between two pieces of glass. No materials had been used to lift the glass panes apart from each other. Sellotape (brittle and yellowed with age), newer clear Magic tape, brown paper or masking tape had been used to seal the four sides of the glass ‘sandwich’. Refer to the hardcopy chart housed a conservation envelope for the exact materials used in each case.
The object was laid onto plastazote (polyethylene) with a plastazote window cut out, and laid in a polystyrene box. This was done when the old mount had also provided window cut outs (often in card), presumably to separate the fragments for identification purposes and reduce movement, particularly preventing the fragments falling down in between the board and the polystyrene box. To provide more rigid support, the plastazote was first adhered to a correx sheet (corrugated sheet of polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer) with 3M double sided tape 415 (polyester carrier, acrylic adhesive). The second layer of plastazote with window cut outs was then adhered to the first layer with 3M tape. To enable the board to be lifted out of the box easily, a length of cotton twill tape was heat-sealed to the reverse using Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate, ethylene copolymer) adhesive to the underside of the correx to act as tabs.The object was then transferred to its board. If the objects had been resting on silk crepeline in their old mount, it was transferred still laying on it to minimize handling. Old labels were removed from the old packing and placed into a polyethylene bag labelled with the registration number which can be archived and easily referenced back to the objects. The new boxes are labelled with the registration number on the lid and side, and on the cotton twill tabs.
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Object reference number: MCS4608
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