A wide range of natural (minerals, rocks) and artificial (clay-based ceramics, high-T ceramics, glass, plaster and binders, alloys) materials were used and/or produced by prehistoric or historic human societies. Their study in terms of mineralogical and chemical composition, production technology and raw materials provenance offers keys to understand tangible and intangible aspects of past societies. The physical-chemical-mineralogical characterization and behavior of these materials at different scales and under defined environmental conditions provide the basis for diagnostics, technical art history, archaeological interpretation, and conservation. Finally, the developments in dating of the artifacts as well as in the understanding of the human – environment interactions will complete this session. Mineralogists, petrologists, archaeometrists, chemists, physicists, archaeologists, conservators and all scientists involved with cultural heritage materials are invited to present their achievements.
Professor Dr Corina Ionescu (Romania)
- Professor Dr Gilberto Artioli