Museums and historical sites in the Mediterranean region are made up of collections from Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, and Islamic periods that are witnesses to that past. However, objects made of metals tend to suffer the most in terms of their prese rvation. The high relative humidity and sea salt contained in the air does not help the situation, where if these metal objects are left untreated and unprotected they may become completely mineralised. The preventive strategy taken to avoid such losse s will differ from most European countries, since it is not practical to demand that such collections be housed in strict environmentally controlled areas or retreated on a regular basis, given the extent of such collections and the economies of these c ountries. Our project proposes to establish and promote a preventive strategy designed for the Mediterranean region by developing an approach to monitor and protect metals collections using state of the art portable scientific techniques and new corros ion inhibitors and/or coatings that are safe and effective to use.
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