The documentation and analysis teams have been utilizing multispectral imaging techniques to document and analyze the textile artifacts, where they take photographs of each artifact under various wavelengths such as ultraviolet and infrared. Utilizing such techniques helps in identifying and confirming the presence of certain substances and compounds. Tutankhamun’s Tunics were made with high precision and artisanship and the techniques were used to identify pigments or dyestuffs of the decorative drawings on the tunics to understand more about its manufacturing techniques and to identify the dyes used in making it. This information is expected to contribute to new archaeological findings and it might be the last chance to analyze them before they are transported to be displayed at GEM.
Through the project, the team was open to new possibilities and researched the published literature; they selected new techniques that have proven more effective when working on textile objects. Moreover, the project procured the necessary equipment.
The team is now finalizing the last stages of the process and they will be working on analyzing the results and summarizing their findings. We are looking forward to enriching the literature with many new valuable additions using these results.