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NEWS: Archaeologists uncover rare leather from ancient chariot

Salima Ikram is working with an international team to reconstruct a replica of the chariot using ancient Egyptian technology (Source: news@auc).

Salima Ikram is working with an international team to reconstruct a replica of the chariot using ancient Egyptian technology (Source: news@auc).

“Nearly 300 leather fragments from an ancient Egyptian chariot, believed to date back to the New Kingdom, have been recently uncovered from the depths of the Egyptian Museum by a team of renowned archaeologists. Studying the technology and resources utilized in the building of such chariots, the team aims to reconstruct an ancient Egyptian royal chariot in 2014, using the same technology as that used by the ancient Egyptians.

‘The discovery of such leather fragments is extremely rare and unusual,’ said Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology, who is among the team of archaeologists working to unravel the mysteries behind these recently uncovered leather portions. ‘Only a handful of complete chariots are known from ancient Egypt, and of these, only one heavily restored in Florence, and that of Yuya and Tjuiu in the Egyptian Museum, have any significant amount of leather. Even then, they are largely unembellished and not as well-preserved as the fragments we found'” – via news@auc.

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It always amazes me how many treasures are lurking in the depths of museum storage – it’s fabulous that so much leather has been found, particularly as it doesn’t tend to survive very well.

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