20 April 2010

Report: Conservation Science Research (2005)

Title: Conservation Science Research: Activities, Needs, and Funding Opportunities
: Paul M. Whitmore

: report to the National Science Foundation, 2005

Pages: 41
: http://www.cmu.edu/... (pdf, 266 Kb)

From the summary
This report describes the nature of conservation science and its support role for conservation practice. The analytical examination and study of artifact materials and construction is a central activity. These technical studies form the basis for object care and repair. When satisfactory solutions to deterioration problems are not available, focused laboratory research is done to discover the underlying processes, risk factors, and environmental conditions that put objects at risk of damage. These research studies lead to diagnostic tools and repair strategies that are then tested for efficacy and safety, and finally adapted and applied to cultural artifacts. This interchange between artifact analysis, laboratory study and development, and field applications, comprises conservation science.

Table of Contents:


The Nature of Conservation Science

Conservation Science Research Overview

- Materials identification, fabrication, and performance
- Material aging and degradation
- Restoration treatment development and testing

- Analytical and sensor technologies

Opportunities for National Science Foundation Support

- Artifact study

- Contacts between conservation scientists and specialists outside the field

- Research studies and field trials

- Educational opportunities
Lessons from the European Experience


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