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  • Boston, MA, 02215
  • United States

This lecture will be held in room B50 of the

Boston University Stone Science Library

Egyptians invested time and considerable material resources when preparing for death. At Deir el-Medina there is evidence of the production and quality procedures employed by carpenters when manufacturing a coffin for a client. Once the carpenter had manufactured the coffin it provided coffin painters with the opportunity to create examples of magnificent funerary art.

In preparation for the recent coffin exhibition, Death on the Nile held at the Fitzwilliam Museum the opportunity was presented to analyze a range of different coffins. This included employing new scanning technologies to help understand the complex nature of coffin construction that is hidden below layers of paint and varnish.