How do you conserve a papyrus?
Papyrus documents need careful attention. Papyrologists and conservators now do most of the restoration and conservation work on the site of the discovery, because the papyri will be stored in a local storage facility in Egypt after the excavation season is over. For papyrus documents that are already in collections, such as here at the University of Michigan, conservation experts sometimes work in special laboratories. Conservation work includes cleaning the papyrus, straightening fibers, and sometimes unrolling a papyrus roll that has survived the ages unopened.
What does a papyrus look like when it is found?
What do papyrologists do?