The plaster that was used to fill the gaps between the stones when the tomb first came to the Museum became dirty and started to crumble. Here, Ann Heywood is removing the top layers of the old plaster and replacing it with fresh plaster.



Ann Heywood is conservator in the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation. Conservators care for the objects, repairing damages and making sure new ones are prevented. Ann is responsible for the study and treatment of Egyptian art.

For many years the reliefs on the inside of the tomb had been behind panels of glass, collecting dust and other dirt materials. When the glass was finally removed, soft brushes and a low-suction vacuum were used to remove the loose dirt. Using water or other solvents would have been harmful to the paint. In some areas the paint was so fragile that a special adhesive substance, called resin, had to be applied in order to prevent the pigments from flaking off.