Preparing, conserving and creating permanent storage media for Woolly Mammoth tusks and bones for Bradford University's Department of Archaeological Sciences
In 2003 Nigel undertook a project for
Department of Archaeological Sciences' Conservation Department. Together with members of the department,
he de-jacketed, conserved, repaired and cleaned two large, beautiful, but very badly shattered
woolly mammoth tusks. These tusks date to the Devensian Period about 60,000 years ago and once
belonged to woolly mammoths (Mammuthus
primigenius). From the same site he also de-jacketed, prepared, conserved and created storage
media for a large woolly mammoth mandible and some extremely fragile red deer antlers.
Each of the tusks was about six feet long, and consisted of thousands of small shattered tusk fragments encased in a solid plaster of paris and hessian scrim jacket. The plaster jackets had to be removed a small piece at a time carefully with a surgical saw, and all the fragments cleaned and glued back together. When the top side was completely cleaned free of sediment and consolidated a permanent storage support was made out of archival-quality products for the side that was currently uppermost, fitting the contours of the tusk exactly.
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