We are museum conservators working with ancient Egyptian artifacts in full public view, at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Ask us anything!
Hi! Lynn Grant and Molly Gleeson here, conservators at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, or Penn Museum for short. We’re part of an ongoing exhibition called In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, which features our working conservation lab in full public view. Visitors can watch us as we work to conserve objects from the Museum’s vast collections, focusing primarily on ancient Egyptian objects such as mummies, sarcophagi, figurines, pottery, and much more. And twice a day, we host Q&A sessions with the public—so we figured, why not do the same thing on Reddit?
We also maintain a blog to share our work with the public. Here are some samples to give you an idea of what we do in the Artifact Lab:
We’re excited to answer your questions about conserving ancient artifacts, or about the materials with which we’ve been working in the exhibition. Our social media coordinator, Tom Stanley, is also here to help with tech support and general info about the Penn Museum. Ask us anything!
EDIT: Thanks for all your interest and terrific questions! We're finished taking your questions for today—we'll come back and answer some more tomorrow. In the meanwhile, you can always ask us questions on the In the Artifact Lab blog. And come visit us in person someday!
EDIT 2: We dropped back in and answered a few more questions just now—if we didn't get to yours, we're sorry! But please visit our blog and keep the conversation going. We loved talking with all of you.