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

Dudley Creagh, Vincent Otieno-Alego

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume213
    Issue numberSuppl.
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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    Painting
    microscopy
    Radiation
    Microscopic examination
    radiation
    Synchrotron radiation
    Optical microscopy
    synchrotron radiation
    x rays
    electron energy
    X ray diffraction
    Scanning electron microscopy
    scanning electron microscopy
    diffraction
    spectroscopy

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