Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

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DAC Study Group Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Aims and objectives

1) To demonstrate the importance of Analytical Chemistry by the collection of scientific information, which is valuable to Archaeologist and Art Historians, in order to investigate, date and authenticate archaeological objects and works of Fine Art and to uncover forgeries and falsifications of artifacts in general.
2) To propose the proper, not destructive, analytical methods, techniques and procedures for sampling, analyzing archaeological and fine art objects and evaluating the analytical data. The selection of proper analytical methods for the verification of the chemical composition of works of art, helps to implement optimal conservation techniques, contributes to remediation and guarantees thereby the sustainability of artifacts in the future.
3) To study the level of the quality of life, the economy, the biocultural systems and the trade of civilizations, through the analysis and examination of the objects, which they used in the past. Analytical chemistry can also help in studying the development of the technology and other cultural activities of ancient cultures.
4) To endorse the collaboration between the European Countries and other scientific organizations in order to create professional opportunities for analytical chemists in archaeometry.


Prof. Miltiades Karayannis – University of Ioannina, Greece (Head of Study Group)
Prof. Alan Townshend – University of Hull, United Kingdom
Prof. Ioannis Stratis – Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Prof. Koen Janssens – University of Antverpen, Belgium
Prof. Megan McClain – University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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