The final week on site was spent finishing up various small projects, catching up on treatment notes, and packing up the tools and supplies for next year. It was also satisfying to watch the progress on the west wall of Chapel D, pictured here, where Mohammed Gharib and Khaled did the final filling of losses between the original carved blocks with a mortar that closely matches the color of the stone when it dries.
My three weeks here at Mut have gone by fast and it’s been fascinating dealing with some of the problems conservators face in the field where the challenges range from preserving large scale stone and architectural elements to treating small excavated objects like coins and pottery. I’ve also made a lot of new friends and had the chance to see beautiful vistas everyday, like this one looking up the Avenue of Sphinxes toward the south entrance to the Karnak Temple complex. A special thanks to everyone who made it all possible!
John is a conservator of sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts where his responsibilities include all aspects of the examination, preservation, and treatment of sculpture and decorative arts in the permanent collection, including Ancient, European, Asian, African, Oceanic, American, and Contemporary art. He received his M.A. in conservation from the State University College at Buffalo in 1990. His field experience has included the treatment of the limestone sculpture on the west front of Wells Cathedral in England, treatment of the sandstone frieze on Boston’s Trinity Church, and the restoration of ceramics excavated at the site of the former Chinese Imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China.