LASER LIGHT UNCOVERS ANCIENT EGYPTIAN WALL PAINTINGS
Near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, at the tomb of Neferhotep, a high-ranking official and senior scribe, thousands of years of soot and pollution blackened the wall paintings, hieroglyphs and reliefs at this site beyond recognition. Uncovering these culturally significant works of art is a painstaking process. Even hand cleaning can prove unsuitable due to the fragile wall surface. This work requires highly skilled and knowledgeable conservationist. They must use extreme care to remove soil built-up over the millennia while preserving the delicate underlying paint and limestone surface.
In a project supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, three
conservators from Cologne, Susanne Brinkmann, Birte Graue and Christina
Verbeek, tested various methods for cleaning these challenging
surfaces. Their work was done in collaboration with other
conservationists, scientists, and Egyptologists. The result- they
choose the latest technology to preserve the artwork in this ancient
Now, after more than 3000 years, the ornate wall paintings in this ancient tomb can be seen again thanks to skilled conservationist and cleanLASER technology, Neferhotep’s burial site is the largest private tomb in the Theban Necropolis, which consists of approximately 800 graves of magistrates and priests.
Further information and video of this project can be found here.