UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


The Collections

The Deep Imaging Mummy Cases project collaborated with a number of cultural heritage collections linked to our project partners. Although our test objects can travel easily between different sites, we were unable to simply ship cartonnage between institutions, and so worked with a range of collections on the site of our partners to undertake the imaging using different modalities.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL is our primary collection partner. Housing an estimated 80,000 objects, it is one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. We worked closely alongside the Petrie Egyptologists and Curators to identify a range of samples for imaging from the collection , and benefited from the expertise of our colleagues at the Petrie. We also worked alongside colleagues from UCL Engineering, which offered many of the imaging modalities we were interested in investigating.

The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, provided samples to image for Phase contrast x-Ray and multispectral capture at Berkeley. The Centre hosts the largest collection of papyrus texts in the Americas, exceeding 30,000 fragments.

Duke University Library holds the Duke Papyrus Archive, a collection of approximately 1,200 discrete papyri, most of which are rather fragmentary, including some from mummy cartonnage. We imaged fragments from the DPA using Optical Coherence Tomography and multispectral imaging .

Stanford University Libraries is home to a small yet significant collection of ancient papyri. It consists of 350 extremely fragile fragments, many of which are cartonnage excavated at Giza sometime during the early 20th Century. Fragments from the collection were imaged using X-ray fluorescence at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.