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Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research
Challenges and Complexity in Characterization and Conservation
July 27 - August 1, 2014
Sunday River Resort
Newry, ME

Related Meeting Information
The Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research GRS web page for more information.

This second Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research offered exceptional opportunities to discuss the latest research advances on the material components, degradation phenomena and conservation strategies for cultural heritage objects. The symposium highlighted how innovative analytical techniques and sampling approaches can advance discoveries and overcome the limitations to analysis posed by hierarchically complex and often irreplaceable artifacts of the past and present.

The 2014 conference showcased the disciplines involved and techniques employed to study material culture at the level necessary to adequately characterize both the structure and chemistry required for the design of novel restoration and preservation strategies and for critical interpretation. The session demonstrated (a) how advances in analytical and imaging probes have afforded an unprecedented view of complex materials and (b) how such advances have led to innovative solutions for diagnosis of alteration mechanisms, treatment, and preventive conservation. Leading researchers representing chemistry, physics, biochemistry, materials science, art conservation, and archaeological science actively participated in the discussion. The conference explored diagnostic methods, modes of alteration, biodeterioration, prevention and treatment in conservation, along with the in-depth exploration of surface and 3-D transport phenomena.

The Conference offers a unique format that fosters extended and in-depth interdisciplinary discussion and provides a fruitful environment for the genesis of new research ideas by a diverse community of scientists and conservators at the forefront of their fields. Extended discussions took place during the sessions and speakers, and discussion leaders and attendees had numerous opportunities to interact outside of the structured sessions.

Museum and academic attendees, large scale facility scientists, archaeologists, archaeometrists, conservators and curators, industry representatives from instrument manufacturing companies, junior scientists and graduate students actively presented their work in a poster format. The participation of young investigators was robust and enthusiastic, benefiting from the allied Gordon Research Seminar on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research (July 26-27, same location) which was specially designed to stimulate interaction and discussion between junior scientists.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmScientific Studies of Ancient and Historic Production: Putting Cultural Heritage Research in Context
Discussion Leader: Barbara Berrie (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Margaret W. Conkey (University of California, Berkeley)
"The Sociotechnics of Image Making: Pigment and Dating Research in the Prehistoric and Paleolithic Arts"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Nancy Bell (The National Archives, UK)
"Conservation Science: Who Cares?"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmConservation: The Problem of Condition - Diagnosis and Treatment
Discussion Leader: Alison Murray (Queens University, CA)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Matija Strlic (University College London, UK)
"On Change and Isoperms, Damage and Isochrones"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Stefan Simon (Yale University)
"The Museum Environment - Monitoring and Standards"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Piero Baglioni (University of Florence, Italy)
"Confined Systems for Controlled Cleaning: Physical and Chemical Gels"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmConservation: Modes of Alteration and Prevention
Discussion Leader: Paul Whitmore (Yale University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Jaap Boon (JAAP Enterprise for Art Scientific Studies, Amsterdam)
"Instability of Dried Oil Paints in Modern and Contemporary Oil Paintings Leading to Softening, Stickiness, Dripping and Delamination"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Eric Hagan (Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa)
"Time and Temperature Effects on the Stress-Strain Response of Artist Paints with Different Binding Media"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAdvanced Analytical Methods of Promise for Cultural Heritage Applications
Discussion Leader: Yeonhee Lee (Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Sergei Kazarian (Imperial College, London, UK)
"Enhancing Studies of Objects of Cultural Heritage with Spectroscopic Imaging"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Ester Ferreira (Swiss Institute for Art Research. Switzerland)
"Adding a New Dimension: New Promising Tools in Painting Conservation Studies"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Christina Ferreira (Purdue University, IN)
"Ambient Molecular Imaging"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiodeterioration
Discussion Leader: Barbara Blyskal (Krakow University, Poland)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Archana Vasanthakumar (Harvard University)
"The Microbiome of Ancient Burial Materials"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Federica Villa (University of Milano, Italy / Montana State University)
"'Landscape Ecology of Subaerial Biofilms and Their Perception of Environmental Cues: New Paths in Research of Biodeterioration of Stone"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm3D Transport Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Fenella France (Library of Congress, Washington DC)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Katrien Keune (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Studying the Mobility of Oil Paint Constituents in Paintings"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Philippe Dillmann (IRAMAS, CEA/CNRS, Saclay, France)
"Transport Versus Reactivity: Understanding and Modeling Corrosion Processes of Cultural Heritage Ferrous Metals"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Christian Amatore (Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
"Do Molecules React Identically in Gas Phase, Solutions and Materials? Application to Cultural Heritage Artifacts"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCollagen-Based Materials: Characterization and Preservation
Discussion Leader: Matthew Collins (University of York, UK)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Caroline Tokarski (University of Lille, France)
"Proteomic Studies of Archeological Collagen"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Ina Reiche (Rathgen Research Laboratory, State Museums of Berlin, Germany)
"Understanding Ancient Ivory at Different Hierarchical Scales. How Far Do We Need to Go?"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSurface Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Silvia Centeno (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Patrick Ravines (Buffalo State's Art Conservation Department, NY)
"Daguerreotypes: An Overview of Surface and Subsurface Characterization Studies Using Electron and Optical Microscopies"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Gianluca Valentini (Politecnico of Milano, Italy)
"Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopic Methods for the Analysis and Monitoring of Cultural Heritage"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm C. Richard Johnson, Jr. (Cornell University, NY)
"On the Feasibility of Classifying Historic Photographic Paper via Texture Similarity Analysis"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmScientific Research for Modern Art: Current Needs and Future Outlook
Discussion Leader: Heinz-Eberhard Mahnke (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
5:30 pm - 6:10 pm Narayan Khandekar (Harvard Art Museums)
"Can a Degree or Two in Chemistry Prepare You for Contemporary Art?"
6:10 pm - 6:30 pm Discussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pm Joseph Lomax (U.S. Naval Academy)
"Art Conservation Chemistry: Bridging Art and Science"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Discussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pm Lynn Brostoff (Library of Congress)
"Elucidation of Iron Gall Ink Chemistry for Targeted Treatment of At-Risk Cultural Heritage"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pm Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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