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Restoration project near completion in Qutb Shahi Heritage Park

© Sthitaprajna CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

INDIA - The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, a monumental complex located close to the famous Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, is the object of a conservation plan that will span a period of 10 years aiming at repairing cracks and bulges, and replacing missing architectural elements like stone or stucco plasterwork. To maintain the authenticity of the monuments, only original materials are being used such as lime mortar and stone.
The site is made up of 75 monuments spread across 108 acres and comprises of 40 mausoleums and 23 mosques.

Ancient skeleton discovered on Antikythera shipwreck

Archaeologists Brendan Foley, Theotokis Theodoulou and Alex Tourtas excavate the Antikythera Shipwreck skeletal remains, assisted by Nikolas Giannoulakis and Gemma Smith © Brett Seymour, EUA/WHOI/ARGO

GREECE - An international research team discovered a human skeleton during its ongoing excavation of the Antikythera Shipwreck (circa 65 B.C.) a ship discovered and salvaged in 1900 by Greek sponge divers and considered the largest shipwreck ever discovered.
The shipwreck, which holds the remains of a Greek trading or cargo ship, is located off the Greek island of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea. The first skeleton recovered from the wreck site during the era of DNA analysis, this find could provide insight into the lives of people who lived 2100 years ago.

Textile dyeing techniques in the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China unveiled - by Jing Han

Bright yellow embroidered silk robe with dragons among clouds. Made for an Empress. 1770-1820 (embroidered). © The Victoria & Albert Museum

This newly completed interdisciplinary doctoral research undertaken at the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow, built up the first complete picture of textile dyeing techniques in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), China, which not only significantly contributed to textile history, but is also very helpful for the better understanding, exhibition and preservation of historical and archaeological textiles of this time period.

Gels in Conservation Conference

The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster

Registration for the Gels in Conservation conference, London, 16 - 18th October 2017, has now opened. This conference is organised by IAP in association with Tate. It will be a gathering of conservators, conservation and other scientists, and students of conservation to present and discuss the theory and practical use of gels in various branches of conservation (paintings, paper, wall paintings, textiles, museum objects etc).

16 Oct 2017 to 18 Oct 2017

Obituary: Tom Stone

It is with great sadness that we wish to convey the passing of Tom Stone on Saturday December 6th, 2014, in his 68th year. Tom was a highly regarded leader in ethnographic conservation and has left an indelible mark in the field of objects conservation in Canada and beyond.

4th WTA International PhD Symposium

Delft University of Technology & WTA Nederland-Vlaanderen, The Netherlands

13 Sep 2017 to 16 Sep 2017
Deadline: 
19 Dec 2016

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