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Authentication methodologies for metal artefacts based on material composition and manufacturing techniques

Authentication methodologies for metal artefacts based on material composition and manufacturing techniques

Objective

The forgery of original works of art and fraudulent dealing of counterfeits has been a problem ever since ancient times, a global challenge, at level with trafficking of weapons, drugs, and human beings. International legal agreements, (UNESCO convention, EU directives) are hardly implemented.

The dimension has expanded, resulting in a large number of authentication demands from CH stakeholders. Authentication today is mostly based on human science interpretation, with no systematic integration of data, incomplete solutions that cannot match results achievable by material characterization & technological studies.

The need for objective, reliable, validated authentication protocols and tools is answered by the proposed research: the important community of museums, conservation services, law enforcement agencies will profit from an integrated multidisciplinary scientific approach, foreseeing the use of most advanced material investigation techniques, related to metal artefacts (precious and non-precious) through a systematic integration of adequate competencies, not yet projected into the ERA's excellence.

Research strategic objective is the innovative integration of non invasive techniques x objective authentication of metal artefacts (utilitarian + ornamental), based on material composition & description of manufacturing techniques to be achieved by exploiting the most advanced analytical techniques and by developing & validating portable instrumentation based on selective composition markers detection and characterization of technological fingerprints.

The multidisciplinary approach involves research centres, academia, Museums, Conservation services, super intendencies, SMEs, EEIG, Law Enforcement Agencies, Civil Protection Bodies. Integrated Authentication Methodologies (IAM) will be experimented in pilot studies on real authentication problems, involving conservation +authentication authorities in cooperation with law enforcement agencies.

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Coordinator

EUROPEAN JEWELLERY TECHNOLOGY NETWORK

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Rue Du Commerce, 124
Bruxelles

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Maria Luisa VITOBELLO (Dr)

Participants (9)

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SOCIETY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION

Tajikistan

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE ET DE RESTAURATION DES MUSEES DE FRANCE

France

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

CSP S.A.S. DI MORETTI MASSIMO E C.

Italy

CENTER FOR DOCUMENTATION OF CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE

Egypt

EDU-ART PRAHA

Czechia

UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA

Poland

MINISTERO PER I BENI E LE ATTIVITA CULTURALI

Italy

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44480

  • Start date

    1 June 2007

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 123 399

  • EU contribution

    € 799 049

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN JEWELLERY TECHNOLOGY NETWORK

Belgium