Ötzi’s packing crates

(c) South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Packing crates for valuable cargo


What happens to cultural assets in the event of a fire or an earthquake? Every museum creates an emergency plan as a part of the protection of cultural assets. First, all visitors and employees are evacuated from a building at risk. After that, the fire department takes care of the museum objects – if there is still time and the building is stable enough.

The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology also has an emergency plan that specifies how objects can be salvaged quickly and safely in an emergency. Recently the museum had boxes made to improve the process. They are lightweight and stable so objects can be moved with ease, and they are now available for emergencies.

While the boxes for the Iceman’s clothing and equipment came in standard sizes, the crate for the mummy needed to be custom-made. The interior of this crate is both impact proof and fireproof, and it precisely corresponds to the 3D dimensions of the mummy. This helps to avoid as much damage as possible during transport.


Photos (c) South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

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