Conservation

Development of techniques and conservation protocols for the preservation of ancient organic materials with historical and cultural value.

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The preservation of ancient human remains, as well as archaeological artefacts of organic origin, is of increasing interest in scientific research. New advancement in modern analytical procedures allow a detailed monitoring of conservation parameters in the field of cultural heritage. For this reason, the study of conservation techniques and protocols is essential to ensure the best preservation of archaeological finds.

Conservation Lab© Eurac Research | Ivo Corrà

The Conservation group of the Institute for Mummy Study in Eurac Research is a basic element inside an interdisciplinary research environment. More specifically, research activities are carried out to develop techniques and conservation protocols for the preservation of ancient organic materials with historical and cultural value. In addition, special patented display cases are designed and realized for long-term conservation and exhibition. This is a solution that is particularly suitable for museums, churches, and archives. Thanks to the activities of this laboratory, two specific patents have been registered. The first patent relates to the construction technique of a display case that is perfectly sealed and able to handle an oxygen-free atmosphere with a constant relative humidity. The second patent concerns the invention of a pressure compensator to be applied to the display case, which is necessary to balance the internal atmospheric pressure, thus counterbalancing the natural variations induced by changes in temperature.

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ME Torino Mummy Project

ME Torino Mummy Study and Conservation Project

Duration: January 2017 - December 2022Funding: Internal funding EURAC (Project)

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