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The principles of reversibility, minimal intervention and scientific objectivity are fundamental to the conservation profession. They are difficult to contend with both on a philosophical and on a practical level. Not clearly understood, they are still adopted with pride and form the disciplining guidelines of the modern conservators’ approach to treatment. How can the adopted principles of minimal destructivity in conservation practice be maintained by the findings of scientific non-destructive inspection, testing and evaluation of objects of historical relevance? How can the scientific method which seeks to break down the complexities of the world into simple truths, be used to fathom the unpredictable complex behavior of specific objects?

This Art2008 Symposium hopes to demonstrate the type of productive partnerships that can be achieved between specialists working in NDT analysis and the application of NDT technology to solving practical museum and archeological conservation problems.

Conservators and Conservation Scientists working in team efforts are invited to submit papers.


  • Techniques to measure and evaluate environmental damage and degradation processes (on stone, leather, parchment, paintings, wood, ivory, bone, metals, glass) Measurement of the extent of damage caused by corrosion; atmospheric pollution; biodegradation
  • Development of analytical techniques for the study of the composition and decay of museum objects (ion beam analysis; irradiation and diffraction techniques; radiography and tomography; fluorescence spectroscopy)
  • Measuring the effectiveness of newly developed protection, preservation and conservation procedures (slowing deterioration and damage; innovative coating; proper storage conditions and controlled environment: temperature, humidity, lighting, gas composition)
  • Techniques to identify materials, provenance of raw materials and production details of objects (origin and supplies; studies of ancient production techniques; identifying trade routes)
  • Authenticity and authentication of art and archeological objects (questions of origin; identification of fakes and forgeries), investigation and verification of ancient recipes (ancient manufacturing techniques; classification of artifacts; carbon 14 dating; DNA methods applications)
  • Special case studies relating to the technology applied to artifacts and structures that emphasize ancient Israel’s contribution to world heritage (Jewish, Christian and Islamic)