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The surface of cultural heritage artefacts: physicochemical investigations for their knowledge and their conservation.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chemical Society reviews
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
10
Pages
1605–1621
Identifiers
PMID: 17721585
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This tutorial review intends to show, through demonstrative examples chosen from the recent literature, how surface characterisation conducted by modern investigation methods leads to very rich information on a cultural heritage artefact's history, fabrication techniques and conservation state. Application of surface science to conservation science is of great help for the definition of a conservation and restoration policy for museum and archaeological objects. A brief description of the investigation methods is given, together with relevant references for more detailed information.

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