Sample, Bitumen

Production date
1550 BCE-395 CE
Country
Egypt
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Object detail

Description
Fragmented sample of square shaped fine black particle, said to be bitumen.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
Production date
1550 BCE-395 CE
Production place
Measurements
L10mm x W60mm x D60mm (petrie dish containing sample of bitumen. Sample L30mm x W25mm x D30mm
L53mm x W25mm x D25mm (jar containing sample <1mm grains of bitumen)
Media/Materials description
Bitumen (a naturally occurring petroleum product also known as asphalt, which has lost its volatile hydrocarbon components via biodegradation and or evaporation, leaving black semi solid material)
History and use
Bitumen was used from the New Kingdom ca 1550-1970 BC), Late kindgom and Ptolemaic/Roman period mummies. Bitumen sources have come from within Egypt, including the Dead Sea and Gebel Zeit.
Registration number
E40060

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