Restauration of Animal Mummies
Within the Restoration Area, found in Sala 10, it is possible to see the restoration work on some of the Museum’s mummified animals. The conservation of these animal mummies is a multi-year project that first began in 2015 with the intervention of all organic finds of animal origin in the collection, and consequent documentation of all conservation.
That study, conducted by archaeologist and Egyptologist Salima Ikram, was intended to investigate the breed and ages of the animals. The research also analyzed the composition of resin, pigments and bandages used, as well as the techniques of embalming.
In 2016, animal remains including: dogs, cats, ibis, crocodiles, fish, snakes and falcons, were analyzed through TAC and X-rays. In some cases, fragments of the textile remains were taken and analyzed using Carbon 14. Once the research is finished, the results will be published in order to understand better the artifacts in the collection, and the animal cults of Ancient Egypt. The project was realized in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti, Paesaggio of the Metropolitan City of Turin, l’EURAC of Bolzano and the Horus Group USA.