The use of radiation for the study of material of cultural heritage significance

Dudley Creagh, Vincent Otieno-Alego

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For the indigenous people of Northern Australia the expression of their experience of life, their “dreaming”, is in the form of painting, usually on the bark stripped from trees growing in their tribal lands. These are often works of great beauty and the major collecting institutions in Australia and elsewhere have significant holdings of Aboriginal bark paintings. A wide range of analytical techniques (optical microscopy, FTIR microscopy, Raman microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction) has been used in a project to determine how best to conserve Aboriginal bark paintings
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670-676
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue numberSuppl.
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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