Friday, 23 January 2015

Natives use Araldite to repair Tutankhamun's death mask

Egyptian natives in charge of the nation's antiquities have used Araldite to stick back on the ceremonial beard of the Pharaoh's death mask after they were careless enough to knock it off. 

They have asked that the British Museum return ancient Egyptian artefacts acquired by the museum in the 19th century, so that they may become subject to similar standards of curatorial care. 

That's all. 


Anonymous said...

It's entirely possible that Araldite was available in King Tut's day. It is reckoned that rudimentary batteries have been found with copper & zinc rods inside an urn which could have been filled with summink like sea-water; so maybe they already had a resinous substance for repairs that was never documented. OK, its a stretch of the imagination but hey; think "Antikythera mechanism" and you'll see where I am coming from.

Doesn't account for modern day stupidity though :)

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

It's called 'pitch'.

opsimath said...

This shows a lamentable lack of knowledge wrt modern adhesive technology. Why on earth didn't they use Gaffa tape, as anyone with experience of this amazing material would support?

FrankS said...

Well obviously they want some stuff back to replace the breakages.

Cascadian said...

It is an interesting subject, given the propensity of our Islamic jihadists to destroy churches and burn ancient libraries (including in Egypt), what is the plan for saving priceless works of antiquity?

England, Italy, Spain and France are surely not save repositories. Where should the antiquities of the western world be removed for safety? Russia? China? USA? Australia?

Budgie said...

Cascadian, somehow I don't think "our Islamic jihadists" will stop at the borders of the USA (or Australia). So probably China or Russia then, because they are much more likely to beat up and/or kill said jihadists (yes, even than USA cops).