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The use of an Er:YAG laser in the removal of biological growth from polychrome archaeological terracotta figurines from CyprusThe British Museum preserves a large and archaeologically important collection of painted terracotta and limestone figurines from ancient Cyprus. These were the subject of a collaborative conservation and study programme as part of the Cyprus Digitisation Project. The figurines were covered by dark and ingrained speckles of biological growth, possibly...
Pereira-Pardo, Lucía ; Camurcuoglu, Duygu ; Orsini, Miriam ; Weglowska, Katarzyna ; Kiely, Thomas …
Journal articleThe characteristics of erbium lasers (Er:YAG) make them a promising tool for the conservation of cultural heritage, and yet they still remain less widespread than other lasers in this field. This review aims to summarise, compare and evaluate the results of case studies and experiments published so far about Er:YAG...
Pereira-Pardo, Lucía ; Korenberg, Capucine
Investigating the Potential of the Er:YAG Laser for the Removal of Cemented Dust from Limestone and Painted PlasterA successful application of Er:YAG laser for the cleaning of a restored Assyrian relief sculpture from the British Museum collection is presented. Displayed in the gallery, the sculpture has darkened over time due to the natural deposition of dirt, in particular on restored parts. Since traditional cleaning methods have demonstrated...
Melita, Lucia Noor ; Węgłowska, Katarzyna ; Tamburini, Diego ; Korenberg, Capucine
Journal articleOver the past fifty years, laser cleaning has progressively become an established conservation cleaning treatment for a range of artefacts, including stone, ceramics and paintings. While its application to metal is not widespread, there have been several reports of laser cleaning on metal artefacts. However, the findings of these studies...
Bertasa, Moira ; Korenberg, Capucine