Issue 1, 2018


E. G. Tolmacheva

Preliminary report on conservation and studies of the archaeological textiles from the Tomb TT23 (season 2018)



The Centre of Egyptological Studies of RAS has carried out the 10th season of archaeological and conservation works in the tomb of Thay (TT 23) in January — February 2018. One of the main goals of the season 2018 was study of previously discovered textiles and field conservation of the most important items. The research was done according to a methodology that was elaborated during previous years.
The list of the registered textile objects from TT23 currently includes about 4000 items of different groups and categories. About 300 of them were studied and conserved during this season. Results of the studies show that the majority of textile finds from the grave TT23 is fragments of linen and bandages. Ropes and basketry are also present in the tomb, though they are much less numerous. Archaeological textiles come from the tomb itself or from the debris of previous excavations. The date of the finds depends on the date of the tomb itself, its separate parts (rooms, shafts etc) and the textiles’ technical features. These finds fall into several groups or categories in accordance with their technical features, functions, dates and state of preservation.

Keywords:
archaeological textiles, tomb of Thay, Luxor, bandages, shrouds.

Original language — English.

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