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CORDIS Express: Exploring the past with the technology of the future

This edition of CORDIS Express takes a look at EU-funded projects that are driving advances the fields of archaeology and restoration.

Archaeologists may be rooting into the past but they are increasingly turning to the tools of the future to gain a fuller picture about how humankind has developed. Digital datasets, powerful new technologies and advances in dating and forensics are allowing them to gain a richer picture of our past than ever before. And EU-funded projects are helping them along the way. The ARIADNE project, for example, is developing specialised data infrastructures to facilitate the work of archaeologists by providing centralised access to extensive data collections for specific areas, periods or domains. The project will enable trans-national access to data centres, tools and guidance, and create new web-based services based on common interfaces to data repositories, availability of reference datasets and usage of innovative technologies. Likewise scientists involved in restoration may be focused on the treasures of the past but they are utilising cutting edge developments in imaging and 3-D modelling. And they are very much engaged in contemporary events. The was demonstrated recently when researchers from the ITN-DCH, EUROPEANA SPACE and 4D-CH-WORLD projects launched Project MOSUL to virtually restore damaged artefacts following the devastating sacking of the 300 year-old Mosul Museum by a group of ISIS extremists. This edition of CORDIS Express takes a look at these and other EU-funded projects that are driving advances the fields of archaeology and restoration, as well as related news. - Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe - Destroyed Mosul artefacts to be rebuilt in 3D - High-tech nano-science help for cultural treasures - ADS 3D Viewer: a 3D Real-Time System for the Management and Analysis of Archaeological Data - Trending Science: Danish researchers reveal long-held secrets of a Bronze Age teenager - INSIDDE: Uncovering the real history of art using a graphene scanner


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