Conservators at GEM-CC have been conducting multi-spectral imaging photography on Tutankhamen’s textiles to get more information about its condition, characteristics, etc. which are key information to finalize the documentation process.

Multi-spectral imaging is a way of photography to capture image data within specific wavelength ranges across the electromagnetic spectrum allowing conservators to compare each artifact’s unique reflectance response for each wavelength emitted, and provide more details.

For example, this method allows to identify any previous conservation processes that were done to the objects.

Also, it will provide various types of information about the chemical nature of the materials present on the surface of the textiles such as dyes and pigments.

These investigations help the conservators not only to progress with the documentation process, but also to provide a better archaeological understanding of the textiles.

We are eager to find out what new information we can get out of this interesting photography methods and techniques.