Ink From Ancient Egyptian Papyri Contains Copper

Does your collection include papyrus artifacts?  Until recently, the inks used to write on ancient papyrus were assumed to be carbon-based.  Researchers have discovered that the inks in this papyrus manuscript actually contain copper, which will affect the methods of handling and repairing the artifact.  The conservation and repair of paper-based collections (manuscripts, documents, books, works of art on paper) is widely understood within the conservation community, but the repair and conservation of papyrus presents specific concerns and requires skilled care.

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