Some monumental science at Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Dec 02, 2010 04:40 PM |
Deep space meets art history in a new project that sees University scientists turn their hand to reconstructing tomb monuments.

Scanning and analytical techniques borrowed from Space Science will allow damaged monuments to be rebuilt in a virtual environment. Materials analysis using x-ray fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy and other non-destructive techniques will provide information about the original painted surfaces.

For the first time in centuries, archaeologists and historians will be able to view these monuments as they were originally intended.

The research project is led by Dr Phillip Lindley from our Department of the History of Art and Film but includes colleagues from the Space Research Centre, Museum Studies and Computer Science, with collaborating groups at Oxford and Yale universities, and in English Heritage

Part of an interdisciplinary research programme in Cultural Heritage, it is funded by a major award from the Science and Heritage Programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).