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Scientific Methods and Cultural HeritageAn introduction to the application of materials science to archaeometry and conservation science$
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Gilberto Artioli

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548262.001.0001

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Present and future trends: analytical strategies and problems

Present and future trends: analytical strategies and problems

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(p.434) 4 Present and future trends: analytical strategies and problems
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Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage
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Gilberto Artioli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548262.003.0004

Present trends in the analytical characterization of cultural heritage materials are briefly reviewed, including the use of microbeams, portable instrumentation, non-invasive investigations, and standardization of the results. Some of the persisting problems and pitfalls are discussed in the general frame of cultural heritage investigations. Digital databases and virtual reality are a growing area that ought to make life easier for cultural heritage management and research, provided that academic curricula keep up with the pace of current developments.

Keywords:   cultural heritage research, microbeams, databases, non-invasive investigations, portable instrumentation, academic curricula, virtual reality

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