The objective of this symposium is to present and to discuss the most recent and new research for the study of the cultural heritage and historical objects as well as archaeological remains using the most diverse techniques and scientific methodologies, including spectroscopies, non-destructive methods, nuclear techniques and ion beam accelerators, optical and electronic microscopy, imaging techniques, experimental archaeology, chemical methods, dating, deterioration studies and conservation procedures and their evaluation.

From materials science point of view it is possible to obtain outstanding information the about chemical composition, structural and microstructural features, degradation processes, technological procedures, provenance of materials, among other aspects.

This forum is open to physicists, chemists, engineers, conservators, archaeologists, art historians, architects restorers and other specialists involved in the scientific study of the cultural heritage and archaeological materials and historical collections.

This meeting will open a space for the collaborations between different groups and specialists, as well for network and collaboration in the American continent and with European groups.

Symposium Topics

  • Methodologies for the characterization of materials for archaeology, history and cultural heritage using physical and chemical techniques
  • Non-invasive methods for characterization of cultural heritage collections
  • Advanced techniques in imaging technology for art and cultural heritage including 3D imaging for documentation of deteriorating cultural materials
  • Studies on ancient technologies and manufacturing of objects and materials
  • Experimental archaeology and standards to understand processes of making art objects
  • Provenance and sourcing of manufactured and raw materials
  • Dating techniques and their applications
  • Deterioration and conservation of materials and collections
  • Development of new materials for conservation and restoration treatments
  • Pollution effects on cultural heritage

Invited Speakers

Santiago Sanchez Cortes (CSIC, SPAIN),  Alessandra Bonazza (Instituto de Ciencias Atmosféricas y del Clima, CNRS, ITALY), Jose Luis Ruvalcaba Sil (LANCIC, Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico)