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Jennifer Marchant

Conservator of Antiquities

Jennifer Marchant has been a conservator within the Department of Antiquities since 2012. Her work involves conservation treatments, condition checking objects for incoming and outgoing loan, courier duties and research and documentation of ancient construction materials and techniques.

Jennifer has worked within the heritage sector for a number of years, as a field archaeologist, a landscape archaeologist on behalf of English Heritage, a community archaeologist and a conservator.


Research Interests

Use of UV-Vis-NIR Fibre Optic Reflectance Spectrometry (FORS) for the identification of pigments. The use of Visible-light Induced Luminescence (VIL) photography in the identification of Egyptian Blue pigment. Conservation of organic materials. Conservation documentation methods and the use of data.


Recent/Major Publications

Co-authored Contributions to Catalogues

Egyptian Coffins: Materials, Construction and Decoration, co-authored with J. Dawson and E. von Aderkas (2016). In: Dawson, J. and Strudwick, H. (eds.), Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt. London: Giles.

Conference Papers

Complex layered structures on bivalve coffins [conference paper], co-authored with H. Strudwick, J. Dawson, E. Geldhof, C. Hunkeler. Second Vatican Coffin Conference, Vatican Museum, 6-9 June 2017.

Cyprus in Context: Researching and Re-assessing the Cambridge Cypriot Collections [conference paper], co-authored with A. Christofilopoulou. Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, 4-7 January 2017.

Decorative Surfaces: Examination and Analytical Techniques Used on Egyptian Coffins in the Fitzwilliam Museum Collection [conference paper]. The Science of Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 28 November 2016.

Reflecting on Egyptian Pigments: the use of Fibre Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy (FORS) for Pigment Analysis at the Fitzwilliam Museum [conference paper] co-authored with A. Granville. Understanding Egyptian Collections: Innovative display and research projects in museums, Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford, 1-2 September 2014. Available from: