New book from Oxford University Press

Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage
An introduction to the application of materials science to archaeometry and conservation science

From the web site, where more details are also available:


Scientific techniques developed in materials science offer invaluable information to archaeology, art history, and conservation. A rapidly growing number of innovative methods, as well as many established techniques, are constantly being improved and optimized for the analysis of cultural heritage materials. The result is that on the one hand more complex problems and questions can be confronted, but on the other hand the required level of technical competence is widening the existing cultural gap between scientists and end users, such as archaeologists, museum curators, art historians, and many managers of cultural heritage who have a purely humanistic background.

The book is intended as an entry-level introduction to the methods and rationales of scientific investigation of cultural heritage materials, with emphasis placed on the analytical strategies, modes of operation, and resulting information rather than on technicalities. The extensive and updated reference list should be a useful starting point for further reading. Students and researchers from the humanities approaching scientific investigations should find it useful, as well as scientists applying familiar techniques and methods to unfamiliar problems related to cultural heritage.


  • Comprehensive approach to cultural heritage problems, bridging sciences and humanities
  • Pedagogical, cross-disciplinary presentation, merging different strands of background information
  • Easy to follow, suitable for undergraduate and graduate level teaching
  • Emphasizes analytical strategies and resulting information rather than technicalties
  • Richly illustrated
  • Extensive and up-to-date reference list

Product Details

368 pages; 200 b/w line and halftone figures, 8pp color plates; 9.7 x 7.4; ISBN13: 978-0-19-954826-2ISBN10: 0-19-954826-9