This chapter provides an overview of some of the materials used to write and decorate different types of manuscripts, i.e. inks, pigments and dyes, and of the different scientific methods and techniques available for their analysis and characterisation. The target audience is not only made of scientists but also curators, conservators, students and practitioners who want to know more about the technical examination of manuscripts and wish to appreciate the context of the scientific analysis of this type of objects. The possible types of approach to the scientific investigation of manuscripts are discussed, and the most frequently used analytical techniques are grouped according to their level of invasiveness and destructiveness. The chapter also contains a quick guide to some of the main questions that may arise about manuscripts, and explains how scientists can help to address them. Finally, a general protocol for the scientific analysis of manuscripts is illustrated.
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 1, 2021
Keywords: Manuscripts; Papyri; Scrolls; Pigments; Dyes; Inks; Scientific analysis
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