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Crystallography and Cultural Heritage: Science and Passion



Crystallography and Cultural Heritage: Science and Passion

Lecture by Prof. Gilberto Artioli, Department of Geosciences, University of Padova (Italy)

On the occasion of the Week of Italian Research in the World

Archaeometry and conservation science deal with materials that have been transformed through human activity. Crystallography and materials science are fundamental tools for the characterization and understanding of materials of different nature, including those relevant for the cultural heritage. The aims of science applied to Cultural Heritage include diagnostics, authentication, conservation, and interpretation of artifacts related to human past. Some invasive and non-invasive techniques applied to cultural heritage materials will be briefly described, focusing on present trends involving the development of portable instrumentation, the access to large scale facilities, and the combined use of diffraction, spectroscopy, and imaging techniques. Case studies discussed include Eneolithic metal provenancing, prehistoric flints turning blue in museum collections, and the strange case of Etruscan numerals.

artioliGilberto Artioli is a professor of mineralogy and crystallography at the University of Padova (Italy). He received his Laurea Degree from the University of Modena (Italy) and his PhD from the University of Chicago (USA). Artioli’s interests focus on mineralogy and industrial materials, with scientific expertise in the use of combined techniques, including those based at large-scale facilities, to investigate complex materials. He is a leader expert in Archeometry, the discipline that applies scientific techniques to the analysis of archaeological materials. He is Chair of the International Union of Crystallography’s Commission on Crystallography in Art and Cultural Heritage and the Director of the Research Centre for the Investigation of Cement Materials (CIRCe) in Padova. He is author of more than 300 scientific publications and books and member of several prestigious scientific Academies.

The talk will be in English.

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:


Date: Thursday, August 09, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Università degli Studi di Padova

Entrance : Free


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