Special Issue "Archaeometric Implications of Minerals"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Roberto Giustetto

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Turin, via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Interests: cultural heritage; archaeometry; pigments; nano-composite materials; X-ray diffraction; FT-IR spectroscopy; Raman; SEM-EDS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Archaeometry is a multidisciplinary research field, focused upon the application of scientific methods to the analysis of artworks and archaeological materials. In this context, the study of mineralogy in its various branches can play a fundamental and strategic role, as most minerals enter the composition—as main and accessory constituents—of objects related to cultural heritage.

Some ancient inorganic artefacts (e.g., pigments, mortars, ceramics, metals, and glass) are mainly composed of crystalline and/or amorphous phases. In light of this, fundamental issues such as the nature of their constituent materials, their provenance and technical procedures aimed at their manufacturing, their possible weathering, and related conservation issues are intimately linked with the processes that rule the formation, evolution, and transformations of mineral phases. Scientific approaches used for the in-depth study of minerals can thus be applied as well to the archaeometric study of cultural heritage, in terms of characterization, technological features, dating, degradation, and preservation.

This Special Issue will focus on the application of mineral-related disciplines to the analysis of cultural heritage items, such as artworks, ancient artefacts, archaeological materials, and historical buildings. Papers centered on these themes, discussing up-to-date methodological studies on materials of historical and artistic relevance, will be welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Roberto Giustetto
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeometry
  • Characterization
  • Conservation
  • Degradation
  • Mineral-Science

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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