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2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology

Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training supporting heritage science research. It holds an annual conference that is quickly becoming a key platform for showcasing research, innovation and best practice in the interpretation, conservation and management of cultural heritage. The 2nd SEAHA conference was held in Oxford on the 20-21st June 2016.

Speakers and presenters from the 29 podium talks and 65 poster presentations were selected and invited to submit a paper to this collection in Heritage Science based on their presentations to form this collection by the Guest Editors.

Edited by Prof. Heather Viles, Dr Yun Liu and Dr Karina Rodriguez Echavarria

  1. This case study is applying imaging and analytical techniques from multiple scientific disciplines to digitise coins and evaluate 3D multi-modal visualisation. Two ancient Roman silver denarii were selected as...

    Authors: Mona Hess, Lindsay W. MacDonald and Jaroslav Valach
    Citation: Heritage Science 2018 6:5
  2. Due to their unique properties, laser and optical technologies hold today an important role in the protection and study of Cultural Heritage, since they are used in a wide range of demanding analytical and dia...

    Authors: Nikoleta Platia, Maria Chatzidakis, Corina Doerr, Lida Charami, Chrysoula Bekiari, Kristalia Melessanaki, Kostas Hatzigiannakis and Paraskevi Pouli
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:50
  3. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) can be a useful diagnostic tool in the assessment of quality in textile, agricultural and various other industries. In cultural heritage applications, NIR as a non-invasive ass...

    Authors: Nanette Kissi, Katherine Curran, Constantina Vlachou-Mogire, Tom Fearn and Lisa McCullough
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:49
  4. Silver gelatine photographs were the most dominant photographic process of the twentieth century from the 1880s until the 1960s. They are prone to yellowing, mirroring and fading which is largely attributed to...

    Authors: Jacqueline Moon and Katherine Curran
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:45
  5. There are multiple challenges in analysing pigments in historic watercolour paintings on paper, and typically non-invasive, in situ methods are required. Recent developments in portable analytical instrumentat...

    Authors: R. Mulholland, D. Howell, A. Beeby, C. E. Nicholson and K. Domoney
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:43
  6. In a study of multispectral and hyperspectral reflectance imaging, a Round Robin Test assessed the performance of different systems for the spectral digitisation of artworks. A Russian icon, mass-produced in M...

    Authors: Lindsay W. MacDonald, Tatiana Vitorino, Marcello Picollo, Ruven Pillay, Michał Obarzanowski, Joanna Sobczyk, Sérgio Nascimento and João Linhares
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:41
  7. Concerns about the stability of plastic artefacts are commonly expressed when discussing the conservation of modern materials. One of the factors affecting the degradation of plastics is the presence of soil, ...

    Authors: Anna L. Fricker, David S. McPhail, Brenda Keneghan and Boris Pretzel
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:28
  8. In the last few decades, extreme weather events mostly characterized by more intense and frequent precipitation and wind incidents have risen, and current climatic projections strongly suggest that this trend ...

    Authors: Yasemin Didem Aktas, Dina D’Ayala, Nigel Blades and Christopher Calnan
    Citation: Heritage Science 2017 5:5