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Physical Techniques in the Study of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
1st Edition - May 2, 2006
Editors: David Bradley, Dudley Cecil Creagh
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The first of its kind, this series is devoted to the use of physical principles in the study and scientific conservation of objects with cultural heritage significance. It begins… Read more
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The first of its kind, this series is devoted to the use of physical principles in the study and scientific conservation of objects with cultural heritage significance. It begins with a review of the modern museum, which discusses new techniques employed in the conservation of museum artifacts such as X-ray tomography and other techniques used to study Egyptian mummies, bones and mineralization of bones in the archaeological context, and the degradation of parchment. All of these topics and techniques are essential for the preservation of our history. This includes finding ways to preserve parchment documents and letters, which much of our written heritage is documented on, so that it can be used and understood for generations to come.
This book is a must have for any museum as well as any university that teaches or employs the techniques discussed.
Written in a style that is readily understandable by conservation scientists, archaeologists, museum curators, and students
Provides an introduction to the advanced fields of synchrotron radiation science, neutron science, and computed tomography
Outstanding review of the use of modern technology to study museum and archaeological artifacts
Offers solutions through advanced scientific techniques to a wide range of problems facing museum staff
Museum conservators, curators, managers and museologists. Also of use by university science departments, university postgraduate students and university libraries.
Preface Chapter 1. The Modern Museum (J.L. Boutaine) Chapter 2. X-Ray and Neutron Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography (F. Casali) Chapter 3. Investigation of Diagenetic and Postmortem Bone Mineral Change by Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering (J.C. Hiller and T.J. Wess) Chapter 4. The Use of X-Ray Scattering to Analyse Parchment Structure and Degradation (C.J. Kennedy and T.J. Wess) Chapter 5. Egyptian Eye Cosmetics (`kohls'): Past and Present (A.D. Hardy, R.I. Walton, R. Vaishnav, K.A. Myers, M.R. Power and D. Pirrie)
No. of pages: 232
Published: May 2, 2006
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Hardback ISBN: 9780444521316
eBook ISBN: 9780080461861
David Bradley is a Reader at the University of Surrey, Secretary of the International Radiation Physics Society and edits the journal Applied Radiation and Isotopes. His research interests concern photon scattering, radioanalytical techniques for determination of trace element concentrations and the development of synchrotron techniques for the characterisation of media.
Affiliations and expertise
Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics, Department of Physics, University of Surrey, UK
Dudley Cecil Creagh
Professor Dudley Creagh, Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage Research, is an expert in the design and development of new analytical equipment, especially equipment using synchrotron radiation, for the study of materials, especially cultural heritage artefacts. He had led research on such topics as valuable medals (e.g., Victoria Cross), the protection of objects against corrosion, Australian aboriginal bark paintings, and the degradation ofiron-gall inks on parchments, movie film, and painted surfaces.
Affiliations and expertise
University of Canberra, Division of Health Design and Science, Canberra, Australia