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Science and the protection of cultural heritage
    Saturday July 14, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    Human activities, including industrialisation, urbanisation, war and tourism are major causes of deterioration of heritage materials. Examples include the deterioration of the Lascaux caves in France, the Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, and Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex in Milan, Italy.

    In recent years the application of modern scientific analysis has led to major advances in both our understanding of deterioration processes, and in the development of methods used for the conservation of heritage materials. These materials have benefited from the interface with modern physical, chemical, and biological analytic techniques.
    Conservation scientists are using molecular methods in the early detection of mould in ancient wall paintings and manuscripts, modern chemical analysis to detect the effect of pollution on historic buildings and archaeological sites, and non-destructive methods to detect degradation of easel paintings.
    In this session the panel will discuss the role of modern scientific techniques to both analyze and preserve the world's important cultural heritage materials.

    Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) of the Italian...

    University of Delaware, USA

    Tate Gallery, UK

    Harvard University, USA

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Type Science Programme, Science & Culture
    Host Organization Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Organiser Susan Bioletti
  • Tags SP67

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