Saturday, July 7, 2012

Conservation under the Microscope

Organics

  • Leather
Grain surface (left) and cross section (right) of leather, six different tanning techniques (SEM).
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304389412002038



  • Skeletal Material


Micrographs of osteons from two different samples from Terme del Sarno (SEM).
Top a and b are from well preserved sample TS4
Bottom c and d are from deteriorated sample TS23.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440305001998




  • Wood

Micrographs of waterlogged archaeological wood from Bowling Farm Site (SEM)

Micrographs of Redwood (Metasequoia) sample after 60 days anaerobic degradation in an artificial enivronment (SEM).
http://www.sciencedirect.com.jproxy.lib.ecu.edu/science/article/pii/S0146638006001641  



  • Textiles

Micrograph of freeze dried cloth from man's handkerchief, recovered from deep-sea environment (SEM).
http://cool.conservation-us.org/jaic/articles/jaic31-03-006.html



Inorganics

  • Glass


Glass Delamination and Crizzling (SEM)
http://eharchaeology.wordpress.com/page/2/

  • Ceramics
Micrograph of ceramic vessel (SEM).
http://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/comp/2008-2009/research/gallery/index.pht?entryID=163


  • Stone
  • Iron
Optical micrographs of iron artifacts from the Xiongnu Empire (3rd century BC-2nd century AD) in Mongolia.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440310001883


Micrograph of an iron artifact with slag inclusion.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1296207411001269







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