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date: 16 December 2018

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Papyrus conservation has had a long history since the first attempts to open the carbonized Herculaneum rolls found in 1752 and to unroll the Charta Borgiana, acquired in 1778. New techniques have always been invented and tested, and old treatments have been revised. This article records the methods used on papyrus materials. These methods include physical control; cellulose treatment; ink fixing; and conserving papyrus, mummy cartonnages, and carbonized papyri.

Keywords: papyri conservation, carbonized papyri, Charta Borgiana, mummy cartonnages, carbonized Herculaneum rolls

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