Physical Techniques in the Study of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Series Editor:

  • David Bradley, BSc (Hons) (Essex), MSc (Radiation Physics) (London), PhD (USM) CPhys, FInstP, FIPEM, FIFM, Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics, Department of Physics, University of Surrey, UK
  • Dudley Creagh, BSc (1 Hons) Dip Ed (Qld) MSc (UNE) MSc (Brist) PhD (NSW) CPhys CEng FInstP FAIP, University of Canberra, Division of Health Design and Science, Canberra, Australia

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.

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Audience

Museum conservators, curators, managers and museologists. Also of use by university science departments, university postgraduate students and university libraries.

 

Book information

  • Published: May 2006
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52131-6


Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 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)