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Looking into the past: the potential of x-radiography as an investigative technique for archaeological and ethnographic textiles

Brooks, M.M. and O'Connor, Sonia A, (2007) Looking into the past: the potential of x-radiography as an investigative technique for archaeological and ethnographic textiles Cortes, Emilia and Thomassen-Krauss, Suzanne (eds.) In Recovering the Past: the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Textiles. North American Textile Conservation Committee(NATCC). 307 pp, pp. 87-97.

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X-radiography is an established non-destructive analytical technique which is not usually applied to the investigation of textiles. This paper presents initial results of a five year project. This innovative and collaborative research between the Universities of Southampton and Bradford is being carried out under the auspices of the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies. The potential of X-radiography as a tool for the characterisation, condition assessment and study of archaeological and ethnographic textiles is presented. Specific techniques, which have been applied to the x-radiography of textiles, are outlined, including low kV imaging with appropriate filtration. Brief reference is made to the benefits of image digitisation and digital image processing of the resulting X-radiographs. As a result of collaborations with a number of U.K. museums and collections, a series of case studies of archeological, ethnographic and folk textiles, including quilts, will be presented. These case histories demonstrate the added value that such investigative techniques can provide, not only in the greater understanding of the artifact but also in aiding decision-making by conservators and curators. X-radiographs are also an exciting and dramatic tool for communicating a greater understanding of textiles to the public.

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Published date: 2007
Venue - Dates: Congreso de Conservacion de Textiles de America del Norte 2005, 2005-11-09 - 2005-11-11
Keywords: X-radiography, textiles, conservation decision-making, archaeological textiles


Local EPrints ID: 37964
ISBN: 0974643815
PURE UUID: 7e276ec5-f79a-48a3-9fd6-4e7f0cdd7d46

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Date deposited: 26 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:40

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Author: M.M. Brooks
Author: Sonia A O'Connor
Editor: Emilia Cortes
Editor: Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss

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