Special Issue "Cultural Heritage - Materials, Techniques and Knowledge Perspectives on a Common Identity"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 November 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Giuseppina Padeletti

ISMN-CNR Area della Ricerca Roma1, via Salaria km 29.5, 00015 Monterotondo, Italy
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Interests: cultural heritage; ceramics; stone; climate action; materials characterization; new materials
Guest Editor
Dr. João Pedro Veiga

Department of Materials Science, CENIMAT/i3N, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
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Interests: cultural heritage; ceramics; glasses; stone; mortars and binders; majolica; tiles; glazes; built heritage; X-rays; synchrotron radiation; EXAFS; XANES; crystal chemistry; crystallography; structural analysis; climate action
Guest Editor
Dr. Anne Bouquillon

Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) UMR 171, Paris, France
Interests: material characterization; X-ray diffraction; SEM analysis; ceramics; surface analysis; EDS; ion beam analysis; chemical weathering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Heritage encourages the submission of contributions presented at the E-MRS 2018 Spring Meeting Symposium on Cultural Heritage (CH), held in Strasbourg, France, 18-21 June, 2018.

The Symposium dealt with tangible and intangible, natural and manmade, movable and immovable assets inherited from the past. Access, preservation and education on CH are essential for humankind evolution representing an irreplaceable source of life, inspiration and unity. There is a need for further studies and research to better understand the dynamic relationship between heritage conservation and the various dimensions it involves, from Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Economical Sciences and Digital Sciences to the use of advanced and large-scale research infrastructures, as well as implications of sustainable development, with particular attention on the effect of natural hazards and climate change on CH.

This Special Issue of Heritage intends to be a common ground where challenges and solutions in the knowledge of arts, archaeology and ancient technology can be answered by the application of methodologies, techniques and solutions generally used in Materials Science and other related fields in Cultural Heritage studies. This Special Issue will stimulate and encourage scientific research devoted to the sustainable development of CH and to the positive contribution of cultural heritage management towards a sustainable environment, by promoting innovative research and practices and improving the compatibility of current materials and methods and the development and application of emerging solutions.

Contributions are welcome to provide a multidisciplinary forum for cutting-edge scientific and technological issues in art, archaeology and all cultural heritage concerns and perspectives involving the large and varied community of international experts.

Topics (not exhaustive) to be covered include:

  • Sustainable solutions—materials and methodologies
  • Multi-scale imaging and observation
  • Modelling and theoretical approaches
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Dating and authentication
  • Climate change
  • Case Studies
  • Social impact
  • Tourism and economy

Prof. Dr. João Pedro Veiga
Dr. Giuseppina Padeletti
Dr. Anne Bouquillon
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle The Influence of Environment in the Alteration of the Stained-Glass Windows in Portuguese Monuments
Heritage 2018, 1(2), 365-376; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1020025 (registering DOI)
Received: 22 October 2018 / Revised: 12 November 2018 / Accepted: 14 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
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This work presents the results of the exposure of soda-lime, potash-lime and mixed-alkali silicate glasses during ten and twenty months in different Portuguese monuments with historical stained-glass windows to characterize the influence of local environmental conditions. The glass samples were exposed in the
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This work presents the results of the exposure of soda-lime, potash-lime and mixed-alkali silicate glasses during ten and twenty months in different Portuguese monuments with historical stained-glass windows to characterize the influence of local environmental conditions. The glass samples were exposed in the Monastery of Batalha (Batalha), the Monastery of Jerónimos (Lisbon), and the Cathedral of Évora (Évora). A set of analytical techniques to assess the physicochemical effects were used, including optical microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. All the samples presented crystalline deposits on their surface; however, their quantity and nature depended on the atmospheric conditions during the days before the collection. Potash-lime silicate glass was the most altered glass in comparison with soda-lime and mixed-alkali silicate glasses. The samples from the Cathedral of Évora showed a high content of dust and salts on their surface but without severe chemical pathologies; however, those samples exposed in the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Monastery of Batalha presented alteration layers due to a high humidity environment. Full article

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