A combination of synchrotron techniques at the UK’s Diamond Light Source is being used to research the effect of conservation choices on corrosion of iron cannonballs from the Tudor warship, Mary Rose.
AGLAÉ is the only particle accelerator in the world dedicated to studying heritage objects. Now improvements in automation and detector sensitivity have been introduced.
An international research team has shown, using XRF that the iron in Tutankhamun’s dagger blade is of meteoritic origin.
Researchers from Leiden and Delft are using Macro X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (MA-XRF) to read remains of medieval manuscripts hidden inside the bindings which had been “recycled” after the Middle Ages.
Scientists from the universities of Oxford and Manchester, UK, have used a mass spectrometry molecular fingerprinting technique to identify one Neanderthal bone from around 2000 tiny bone fragments.
Fluorescence spectroscopy has been used to study the ancient pigment, Egyptian blue.
Terahertz imaging technology has the potential to help conservationists and academics better understand the history behind cultural artefacts.