Special Issue "Chemistry for Cultural Heritage"
A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: archaeometry; dating methods in archaeology; analytical techniques; new technologies in cultural heritage; sustainability and cultural heritage
Interests: analytical investigation of paintings; manuscripts and ancient metals; conservation science; archaeometry
Interests: archaeological science; materials; material culture; new technologies; digital humanities
Interests: archaeological science; analysis of inorganic materials; technology and provenance of materials; glass analysis; analytical techniques; SEM-EDS; XRF; LA-ICPMS
The field of Chemistry is vast and it encompasses a plethora of applications in the field of Cultural Heritage that span- without being limited to- from materials characterization and corrosion studies to provenance studies and dating. Practically, it provides an array of tools in deciphering the past through the study of material cultural remains. Importantly, Chemistry plays a multi-faceted role in studying, understanding, protecting and transmitting the legacy of artifacts, therefore, called to address, via the integration of multiple disciplines, mystifying questions related to unraveling human past.
Applying Chemistry in Cultural Heritage goes well beyond merely yielding information over provenance, dating, technology, manufacturing processes, paleodiet, paleoenvironment and other pertinent issues. The scientific investigation of ancient material remains can shed light to cultures’ economy, trade routes and religion, the exploitation of raw material sources and a lot more, in order to highlight complex socio-economic issues and cross-cultural links. Virtually, it can offer a kaleidoscope of insights into material culture and human history.
Thus, the application of Chemistry on Cultural Heritage by means of interdisciplinary approaches is to serve the scholarly mission of interpreting the human past. This can be achieved by the in-depth study of material remains rendering Cultural Heritage an instrument of cohesion of our global community, and ultimately, an element of wellbeing at an individual and social level.
Hence, Chemistry being central in this Special Issue, novel research applications on Cultural Heritage are welcome. While fostering the study of material culture spanning from prehistory to modern times, this issue is to encapsulate other areas of interest as well. In particular:
- Clays and ceramics
- Glass and glazes
- Metals and alloys
- Plasters and pigments
- Chemistry for dating
- Corrosion issues
Dr. Nikolaos Laskaris
Dr. Georgios Mastrotheodoros
Dr. Maria Kaparou
Dr. Artemios Oikonomou
Manuscript Submission Information
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