New insights in the durability of flax fibres through the study of ancient Egyptian yarns

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A new publication !

Very happy to share the last publication of Alessia Melelli. This great work is a review giving number of elements about history of flax and flax fibres and also…

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Las month, 17-18 May, a part of ANUBIS’ team participated to the Kettan Workshop in Cairo. It was a great moment for sharing our research…
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A variety of techniques were used to investigate flax yarns sampled from four selected Italian paintings on canvas dated between the 17th and 18th centuries…

New insights in the durability of flax fibres through the study of ancient Egyptian yarns

Bridging archaeology, botany and materials engineering, ANUBIS Project aims to explore, through an original archeometric approach, the evolution along time of ultrastructure and properties of flax plant fibres coming from Ancient Egypt, in order to better understand the ageing mechanisms of these fibres.

Research Description

Man has always had a close relationship with flax, one of the first domesticated plants, particularly in the Fertile Crescent and ancient Egypt. From the earliest times, its fibres, with their exceptional properties and fineness, have been used for clothing, household linen or even for making sails and ropes. Today, new industrial markets are opening up for this plant; the remarkable mechanical performance of its fibres makes it a choice reinforcement for developing innovative, environmentally friendly and recyclable biobased materials. Through an original and transdisciplinary archaeometric approach, the ANUBIS project aims to build a bridge between archaeology and materials science.


During ANUBIS Project, selected ancient flax fibres and yarns will be studied with four major scientific objectives, linked to research hypothesis and preliminary works of our team. Meet the Project Anubis team.

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Timm Weitkamp
Anubis Project Research - Alain Bourmaud
Alain Bourmaud
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Frédéric Jamme