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VIII Italian National Congress of Archaeometry

The 8th edition of the National Congress of AIAr was held at the Conference Centre of the National Research Council in Bologna, 5-7 February 2014. The purpose of the Congress was to foster dialogue and exchange ideas at the national level about the state of research aimed at the protection and preservation of cultural heritage.

Topics covered during the conference included: Characterization and Diagnostics, Preventive Conservation and Restoration, Technology Innovation, Innovative Materials and Nanotechnology, Origin and Dating and Enhancement and Protection.

All presenters were invited to contribute full papers based on the work being presented for publication in this themed series.

Editors: Dr Alessandra Bonazza, Prof Colombini Maria Perla


  1. Communication

    Marine organisms as source of bioactive molecules applied in restoration projects

    In recent decades research in the conservation and restoration field has provided sustainable alternatives to traditional procedures for cleaning or controlling the microbial colonization of works of art. In t...

    Giovanna Barresi, Enza Di Carlo, Maria Rosa Trapani, Maria Giovanna Parisi, Chiara Chille, Maria Francesca Mule, Matteo Cammarata and Franco Palla

    Heritage Science 2015 3:17

    Published on: 25 May 2015

  2. Research article

    Petro-archaeometric characterization of potteries from a kiln in Adrano, Sicily

    This work is part of a wide scientific project finalized to characterize the Sicilian pottery productions from Greek to Roman Age. In this prospective, local reference groups have been analysed in order to cre...

    Erica Aquilia, Germana Barone, Paolo Mazzoleni, Simona Raneri and Gioconda Lamagna

    Heritage Science 2015 3:11

    Published on: 15 April 2015

  3. Research article

    Archaeological and archaeometric study of the glass finds from the ancient harbour of Classe (Ravenna- Italy): new evidence

    The present study focuses on Late-Roman/Early Medieval glass found in the productive area within the ancient harbour of Classe near Ravenna, one of the most important trade centres between the 5th and 8th centuri...

    Sarah Maltoni, Tania Chinni, Mariangela Vandini, Enrico Cirelli, Alberta Silvestri and Gianmario Molin

    Heritage Science 2015 3:13

    Published on: 25 March 2015

  4. Research article

    Innovative consolidating products for stone materials: field exposure tests as a valid approach for assessing durability

    The impact of climate on cultural heritage surfaces leads to several damage processes and the protection and the preservation of works of art is a challenge for conservation scientists and restorers. Tradition...

    Irene Natali, Patrizia Tomasin, Francesca Becherini, Adriana Bernardi, Chiara Ciantelli, Monica Favaro, Orlando Favoni, Vicente J Forrat Pérez, Iulian D Olteanu, Maria Dolores Romero Sanchez, Arianna Vivarelli and Alessandra Bonazza

    Heritage Science 2015 3:6

    Published on: 2 March 2015

  5. Research article

    Micromorphological and chemical elucidation of the degradation mechanisms of birch bark archaeological artefacts

    Since ancient times, the unique properties of birch barks (Betula genus) have made them a material of choice for producing both everyday-life and artistic objects. Yet archaeological birch bark artefacts are r...

    Sibilla Orsini, Erika Ribechini, Francesca Modugno, Johanna Klügl, Giovanna Di Pietro and Maria Perla Colombini

    Heritage Science 2015 3:2

    Published on: 20 January 2015

  6. Research article

    Consolidation of porous carbonate stones by an innovative phosphate treatment: mechanical strengthening and physical-microstructural compatibility in comparison with TEOS-based treatments

    For preservation of stones used in Cultural Heritage, affected by weathering processes that threaten their cohesion and mechanical properties, the application of consolidants is a common practice. However, ava...

    Gabriela Graziani, Enrico Sassoni and Elisa Franzoni

    Heritage Science 2015 3:1

    Published on: 15 January 2015

  7. Research article

    Use of nano gold obtained by laser ablation for SEIRA analyses of colorants

    The analysis of dyes in cultural heritage samples is a well-known challenging task, due to their inherent high tinting strength and consequent low concentration in the carrying matrix a fact that severely limi...

    Silvia Prati, Marta Quaranta, Giorgia Sciutto, Irene Bonacini, Lucio Litti, Moreno Meneghetti and Rocco Mazzeo

    Heritage Science 2014 2:28

    Published on: 13 December 2014

  8. Research article

    A multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of “La Caverna dell’Antimateria” (1958–1959) by Pinot Gallizio

    This study concerns the application of non-invasive and micro-invasive analyses for the study of a contemporary artwork entitled La Caverna dell’Antimateria (“The Cave of Antimatter”) which was created by Pinot G...

    Giovanni Bartolozzi, Costanza Cucci, Veronica Marchiafava, Susanna Masi, Marcello Picollo, Emanuela Grifoni, Stefano Legnaioli, Giulia Lorenzetti, Stefano Pagnotta, Vincenzo Palleschi, Francesca Di Girolamo, Jacopo La Nasa, Francesca Modugno and Maria Perla Colombini

    Heritage Science 2014 2:29

    Published on: 12 December 2014