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National Endowment for the Humanities
Sustaining Cultural Heritage

Preserving Ancient Middle Eastern Metalwork:
Rehousing and Conservation Survey of the Oriental Institute's Collection

Thanks to a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oriental Institute will be able to rehouse its collection of over 10,000 metal artifacts from the ancient Near East. The majority of the metals collection consists of copper alloys and includes a smaller number of iron, lead, tin, silver and gold artifacts. The rehousing project is multifaceted and will include the record photography and condition survey of each artifact as it is rehoused in new, state-of-the-art museum cabinets. The project will also support the material identification of metals within the collection in order to provide accurate information on metal composition to researchers studying the collection.

Revised: June 15, 2010

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