Seminar: Cultural Heritage Destruction: Documenting Parchment Degradation via Multispectral Imaging

Details of this week’s Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2012

Friday June 22nd at 16:30
Room G37,
Senate House, Malet Street,
London, WC1E 7HU

Alejandro Giacometti (UCL)
Lindsay MacDonald (UCL)
Alberto Campagnolo (University of the Arts)

‘Cultural Heritage Destruction: Documenting Parchment Degradation via Multispectral Imaging’


In this seminar we describe the methodology and present preliminary results of a project using multispectral imaging to document the deterioration of parchment. A series of treatments has been applied to degrade samples from a deaccessioned manuscript using both physical and chemical agents. Each sample has been photographed before and after the treatment by a multispectral imaging system to record the effect of the treatments on both the writing and the parchment. We present the initial imaging of the samples, details on their treatment agents and how they affect the writing and parchment, the final imaging, and some image processing analysis.

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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