The use of radiation in the study of cultural heritage artefacts

Dudley Creagh, Vincent Otieno-Alego, Alana Treasure, Maria Kubik, David Hallam

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Abstract

Patrons of art galleries and museums, tourists visiting historic buildings, and sightseers viewing archaeological sites are generally unaware of the extent to which science and technology has contributed to the value of what they see. Many countries rely on cultural tourism to generate national wealth. The use of radiation of many kinds to assist in the conservation/restoration of cultural heritage artefacts is described in this paper. In particular, the paper will describe studies of the pigments used in historic Australian Indigenous art, the degradation of manuscripts written using iron-gall inks, the protection of statues against corrosion and the selection of lubricants for use in old machinery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-224
Number of pages9
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Volume137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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