Conserving a Painted Coffin In Situ by Wendy Doyon

Thousands of burials lie beneath the desert landscape at Abydos, many in subterranean tombs, others in plain wooden coffins placed in pits in the sand. Once in a while, an elaborate burial comes to light and takes your breath away — like the one we found last week just outside the east corner gateway of the Shunet el-Zebib. Read on for an in-depth, conservator’s-eye-view of this exciting find.

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