Press Release
Athens, 14 November 2011

The New Technologies in service of the Cultural Heritage


Under the title “History, Technology and Conservation of the Ancient Metal, Glasses and Enamels”, an International Symposium of particular importance is going be held in Athens, supported by the N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” with the participation of the National Technical University (Polytechneion) of Athens. The works of the Symposium will be hosted at the Costen Hall of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), 9, Anapiron Polemou Str, Kolonaki, Athens, from 16 to 19 November 2011.

According to existing archaeological and archaeometric studies, ancient metals, glasses, enamels and associated arhaeomaterials include unique attestations of sophisticated practices developed for their manufacture in the eastern Mediterranean region, already since the prehistoric times. Nowadays, the once achieved pertinent methodologies can be detected and get understood by employing the New Technologies, namely the same means applied for the study of the modern materials. On the other hand, research groups in Greece and abroad, constantly develop new methodologies and approaches towards better study, conservation, preservation and definite reversion of the natural decays happening on artefacts and monuments of the Cultural Heritage.

The Symposium will provide a first class opportunity for tracing and assessing of the new developments and achievements in the mentioned field. It is also expected that it will promote a fruitful discussion on the examined issues, among scholars and specialists of interdiscipline spectrum (archaeologists, conservators, archaeometallurgists, engineers, chemists and other scientists). Organisers of the Symposium are Dr. G. Kordas (Sol-Gel Laboratory, IMS/“Demokritos”) as Chairman, and Prof. P. Vassiliou (School of Chemical Engineers/NTUA), Dr. Y. Bassiakos (Laboratory of Archaeometry, IMS/“Demokritos”) and Dr. E. Filippaki (Laboratory of Plasma Physics, IMS/“Demokritos” as Members. Dr N. Kanellopoulos, President and Director of N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”, the Research Institution in which pioneering and internationally acknowledged studies on the Cultural Heritage are conducted for five decades, will preface the Symposium in its opening session, the afternoon of Wednesday 16th of November. For more detailed information about the Symposium please visit the website: including also the program and the abstracts.

For N.C.S.R. "Demokritos"

The National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos" is the largest multidisciplinary research center in the country with substantial scientific research, technological and educational activities in the areas of: Health, Biology and Biotechnology, New Materials Micro & Nanotechnology, Environment - Energy and Sustainable Development, Information Technology & Telecommunications, Nuclear Physics & Elementary Particle Physics, Nuclear Technology & Radiation Protection, Cultural Heritage. All the activities are coordinated by the eight Institutes of the Center: 1) Biology, 2) Materials Science, 3) Microelectronics,4) Computer and Telecommunications, 5) Nuclear Engineering and Radiological, 6) Nuclear Physics, 7) Chemistry, 8) Radioisotopes and Radiopharmaceuticals.


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