11am-12pm (UK) / 12-1pm (Egypt)

This talk will look at the purpose and context of conservation work in the tombs of the Theban Necropolis, the most common deterioration factors found and treatment approaches. Two tombs will be used as examples, the American Research Centre in Egypt’s project at the Tomb of Menna (TT69), and the 16-year conservation and research project at the Tomb Chapel of Sennefer (TT96A) by the Belgian Archaeological Mission in the Theban Necropolis by the Université de Liège and Université libre de Bruxelles. Bianca will discuss conservation approaches, ethics, the materiality of the tombs, as well as the specific technical challenges of each project.

Photo: Tomb Chapel of Sennefer (TT96A), showing the figure of Senetnay before and after conservation, (Université de Liège, Belgian Archaeological Mission in the Theban Necropolis)

Bianca Madden is a conservator based in Oxford specializing in wall paintings and polychrome sculpture. She works in the UK and internationally and has been involved in work in Egypt since 2004, notably on the painted Theban tombs of Menna (TT69), Neferenpet (TT43), Sennefer (TT96A), Amenemope (TT29), Djehuty/Djehutyemheb (TT45). She recently completed a project for the British Museum, with the Egyptian Museum Cairo, as a part of the EU project ‘Transforming the Egyptian Museum Cairo’ on the conservation of the wall painting from Tomb 100 at Hierakonpolis.

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