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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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Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage

Gilberto Artioli

Oxford University Press

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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