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  1. Research article

    Monitoring the accumulated water soluble airborne compounds deposited on surfaces of showcases and walls in museums, archives and historical buildings

    Cultural heritage objects are subject to the deposition of a multitude of airborne pollutants even when kept inside museums, archives, historical buildings or showcases. Some of the pollutants are quickly depo...

    Lilian Skytte, Kaare Lund Rasmussen, Bo Svensmark, Morten Ryhl-Svendsen and Peter Brimblecombe

    Heritage Science 2017 5:1

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  2. Research article

    Unravelling the glass trade bead sequence from Magoro Hill, South Africa: separating pre-seventeenth-century Asian imports from later European counterparts

    Excavations conducted between 2010 and 2012 at Magoro Hill, a site in South Africa’s Limpopo Province frequented or intermittently occupied by African farming communities since the first millennium AD, yielded...

    Farahnaz Koleini, Linda C. Prinsloo, Wim Biemond, Philippe Colomban, Anh-Tu Ngo, Jan C. A. Boeyens, Maria M. van der Ryst and Koos van Brakel

    Heritage Science 2016 4:43

    Published on: 22 December 2016

  3. Research article

    Hexi painting on Xitian Fanjing, a Qing imperial Buddhist temple in Beijing, China: technology revealed by analytical approaches (an initial report)

    Hexi painting (和玺彩画) was historically documented as the most sophisticated decorative art representing the highest levels of technological knowledge and skills for decorating the Chinese ...

    Tiequan Zhu, Tao Li, Naitao Liu, Jian Chen, Hong Huang, Qianli Fu and Shangxin Zhang

    Heritage Science 2016 4:42

    Published on: 14 December 2016

  4. Review

    Preserving rapid prototypes: a review

    Rapid Prototyping (RP) has revolutionized the world of manufacturing. It has gained popularity among designers and artists, having developed from a visualization tool to a manufacturing tool for end-use produc...

    Carolien Coon, Boris Pretzel, Tom Lomax and Matija Strlič

    Heritage Science 2016 4:40

    Published on: 22 November 2016

  5. Research article

    Characterization of pre-Columbian artefacts in situ through handheld portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry: the case of ceramics from the Mochica site of San José de Moro (Peru)

    The famous archaeological site of San José de Moro (SJM) located in the Jequetepeque Valley (JV) represents one of the best-preserved pre-Columbian Mochica cemeteries uncovered along the north coast of Peru. S...

    Nino Del-Solar-Velarde, Stan Kinis, Rémy Chapoulie, Renaud Joannes-Boyau and Luis Jaime Castillo

    Heritage Science 2016 4:37

    Published on: 17 November 2016

  6. Research article

    On-site monitoring for better selection of stone repairs: a case study

    Weathering of clay-bearing sandstones does not only depend on material properties but also on the environmental conditions they are exposed to. The same is true for repaired stones, in which the compatibility ...

    Thibault Demoulin, Fred Girardet, Timothy P. Wangler, George W. Scherer and Robert J. Flatt

    Heritage Science 2016 4:38

    Published on: 11 November 2016

  7. Research article

    Material properties of Islamic paper

    In contrast to scientific research focussing on European paper, there is a significant gap in our knowledge of Islamic papermaking. This research surveys the evidence of techniques and materials typically used...

    Hend Mahgoub, Tiphaine Bardon, Dirk Lichtblau, Tom Fearn and Matija Strlič

    Heritage Science 2016 4:34

    Published on: 7 November 2016

  8. Research article

    Jackson Pollock’s Number 1A, 1948: a non-invasive study using macro-x-ray fluorescence mapping (MA-XRF) and multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) analysis

    Jackson Pollock’s Number 1A, 1948 painting was investigated using in situ scanning macro-x-ray fluorescence mapping (MA-XRF) to help characterize the artist’s materials and his creative process. A multivariate cu...

    A. Martins, J. Coddington, G. Van der Snickt, B. van Driel, C. McGlinchey, D. Dahlberg, K. Janssens and J. Dik

    Heritage Science 2016 4:33

    Published on: 25 October 2016

  9. Research article

    Effective cleaning of copper stained calcareous stone

    Light calcareous stone materials used in connection with cultural heritage objects, such as pedestals, or used as wall facings in connection with bronze statues or joints often show green staining due to the c...

    Sanne Spile, Takayoshi Suzuki, Jesper Bendix and Kim Pilkjær Simonsen

    Heritage Science 2016 4:29

    Published on: 17 October 2016

  10. Research article

    Salt efflorescence in historic wooden buildings

    Efflorescence and subflorescence are frequent phenomena occurring in buildings of porous inorganic materials such as bricks, stone, and concrete. Since the above phenomena have detrimental effects, they were t...

    Emilio Catelli, Florinel-Gabriel Bănică and Ana Bănică

    Heritage Science 2016 4:31

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  11. Research article

    Spectroscopic analysis used to uncover the original paint colour of the Helsinki Government Palace tower clock faces

    The paint stratigraphy of the two clock faces from the tower clock of the Government Palace in Helsinki (Finland) was analysed in order to determine their original colour before restoration works. Paint cross-...

    Kepa Castro, Ulla Knuutinen, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Maite Maguregui, Juan Manuel Madariaga and Raili Laakso

    Heritage Science 2016 4:36

    Published on: 22 September 2016

  12. Research article

    The origins of the Selden map of China: scientific analysis of the painting materials and techniques using a holistic approach

    Since the ‘rediscovery’ of the Selden map of China, an early seventeenth century map of Asia, in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the importance of the map in our understanding of globalisation in the early sev...

    Sotiria Kogou, Sarah Neate, Clare Coveney, Amanda Miles, David Boocock, Lucia Burgio, Chi Shing Cheung and Haida Liang

    Heritage Science 2016 4:28

    Published on: 2 September 2016

  13. Research article

    Investigation of coloured lead glass glitter from an early eighteenth century material collection, Cambridge, by electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray analysis

    Coloured glass glitter is made from thin glass flakes and used for decoration purposes. Published analytical data mainly originates from restoration sites in different countries and is still fragmentary. Sampl...

    Gundel Steigenberger and Christoph Herm

    Heritage Science 2016 4:24

    Published on: 3 August 2016

  14. Research article

    Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie: non invasive analysis using macro X-ray fluorescence mapping (MA-XRF) and multivariate curve resolution-alternating least square (MCR-ALS)

    Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942–1943) was examined using Macro X-Ray Fluorescence mapping (MA-XRF) to help characterize the artist’s materials and understand his creative process as well as the curre...

    Ana Martins, Cynthia Albertson, Chris McGlinchey and Joris Dik

    Heritage Science 2016 4:22

    Published on: 27 July 2016

  15. Communication

    One heritage corrosion product less: basic sodium copper carbonate

    Basic sodium copper carbonate, Na3[Cu2(CO3)3(OH)]∙4H2O, has been mentioned as heritage corrosion product of copper alloys in two publications. The identification relied on the comparison of the powder diffractogr...

    Gerhard Eggert, Andrea Fischer and Robert E. Dinnebier

    Heritage Science 2016 4:27

    Published on: 25 July 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Heritage Science 2016 4:35

  16. Research article

    Rock varnish on architectural stone: microscopy and analysis of nanoscale manganese oxide deposits on the Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC

    The Smithsonian Institution Building, commonly referred to as the Castle, is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century for the purpose of housing all mus...

    Edward P. Vicenzi, Carol A. Grissom, Richard A. Livingston and Zoe Weldon-Yochim

    Heritage Science 2016 4:26

    Published on: 22 July 2016

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