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Developing new analytical techniques and materials for monitoring and protecting metal artefacts and monuments from the Mediterranean region

Developing new analytical techniques and materials for monitoring and protecting metal artefacts and monuments from the Mediterranean region

Objective

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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Coordinator

TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ATHENS

Address

Ag. Spyridonos
Aigaleo

Greece

Administrative Contact

Vasilike ARGYROPOULOS (PROF.)

Participants (20)

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FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY- HELLAS

Greece

HERITAGE MALTA

Malta

SVUOM LTD.

Czechia

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LASER ENHANCED SCIENCE

Egypt

CERCLE DES PARTENAIRES DU PATRIMOINE LABORATOIRE DE RECHERCHE DES MONUMENTS HISTORIQUES

France

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"

Greece

YARMOUK UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Jordan

ROYAL SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY - MECHANICAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Jordan

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGATIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER

Egypt

EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

Egypt

JORDAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Jordan

IBN TOFAIL UNIVERSITY - FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Morocco

EGE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF PROTOHISTORY AND NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY

Turkey

MINISTERE DE CULTURE - GENERALE DIRECTORATE OF ANTIQUITIES AND MUSEUMS

Syria

UNIVERSITY OF ALEPPO

Syria

UNIVERSITA' TA' MALTA

Malta

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 509126

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    30 April 2008

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 887 851

  • EU contribution

    € 2 599 999

Coordinated by:

TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ATHENS

Greece