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Reinforcement of the Research Capacities of the Spectroscopy laboratory for Archaeometry

Final Report Summary - FORCA SPECLAB (Reinforcement of the Research Capacities of the Spectroscopy laboratory for Archaeometry)

The principal objective of the project was to reinforce and strengthen the research capacities of the Spectroscopy Laboratory and to contribute to the sustainable research development at the level of the institution, the country and the region.

As part of the project one micro-Raman spectrometer with an optical fibre probe was purchased and installed in the laboratory of the project coordinator institution - the first of its kind in the country. Later on this was followed up with two young researchers employed for the project and trained on non-destructive method of analysis in archaeometry in EU and WBC corresponding laboratories.

The knowledge gathered through the activities of the project is organised in such a way as to provide lasting impact and is reference for future research, cooperation and implementation activities with the project partners as well to the target public institutions in the Western Balkans region, decision makers on all levels (governments, academia, cultural heritage institutions) and higher education participants.

Dissemination activities in FORCA SPECLAB project comprised scientific research and application in the use of non-destructive methods of analysis by micro-Raman spectroscopy, through the national, WBC and EU networking.

An important part of the project is targeted towards dissemination of knowledge and networking activities on a public level, regarding knowledge based society. This include dissemination of results on local, regional, EU level, with goals to attract young researchers to future research activities, to enable networking with centres of similar or interdisciplinary interest on local, regional and EU level and also to raise awareness of the general public).

Also as part of the project the Balkan archaeometry database network was established. This is milestone since it provides means and facilitates cooperation between scientists, archaeologists, conservators, laboratories, conservation centres working in the field of archaeometry. In the few months of its launch, Balkan archaeometry database network has already been positive response by many scientists in the region and in the EU.

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