Lucy-Anne Skinner is an archaeological conservator and organic materials specialist, currently carrying out a PhD on the topic of ancient Egyptian and Nubian skin-processing, at the British Museum and the Institute of Creative Leather Technology, University of Northampton. Lucy has worked for over ten years as a conservator of archaeological and historic leather and other organic materials, in Egypt, Sudan, Norway, Antarctica and in the UK and is interested in improving the understanding of leather and skin processing methods and deterioration mechanisms and how these may be related to each other. In 2018 Lucy was featured in the National Geographic and Channel 5 documentary, ‘Secrets of Tutankhamun’s treasures’ talking about the young pharaoh’s leather armour.
The technology of skin processing in Egypt and Nubia during the Pharaonic era (c.3000-30BC) is not well understood, nor whether it was a craft ascribed to a particular population group or region.
The PhD project builds upon our understanding of leather science and existing archaeological and ethnographic evidence, using a scientific and experimental approach to reconstruct ancient tanning technology.