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Amazing haul of ancient human finds unveiled

<b>A new haul of ancient human remains has been described from an important cave site in South Africa.</b><p>The finds, including a well-preserved skull, bolster the idea that the <i>Homo naledi</i> people deliberately deposited their dead in the cave.<p>Evidence of such complex behaviour is surprising for a human …

Scientists unlock secrets of oldest surviving global trade map

The binders and pigments used are more consistent with those found in manuscripts from a Persian or Indo-Persian tradition –and the Islamic world – …

Recovering Hidden Texts

<b>Sometime in the eighth</b> century, a monk at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was preparing to transcribe a book of the Bible in …

Soil Analysis May Push Back Origins of Silk Production

HENAN PROVINCE, CHINA—<i>Live Science</i> reports that a team including archaeologist Decai Gong of the University of Science and Technology of China at …

Report on how the Fitzwilliam Museum Uses NIR Spectroscopy for Pigment Analysis Labmate Online

Mass Spectrometry & Spectroscopy<p>Related stories<p>Compact In-line Refractometer now with Extended Measuring Range<p>Raman Materials Analysis Helps …

Vatican restoration uncovers work of Renaissance master

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Art restorers toiling on the sumptuous 500-year old apartments of Pope Alexander VI, are rediscovering a Renaissance artist who …

Sotheby’s creates forensic art unit to detect forgeries | Financial Times

Sotheby’s has become the first big auction house to create its own forensic art analysis department, underlining the reputational threat forgeries …

Fine Art

A Master Work, the Ghent Altarpiece, Reawakens Stroke by Stroke

GHENT, Belgium — Layers and layers of paint have been virtually and physically removed from the 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece, a renowned work of biblical figures on wood panels, revealing for the first time in hundreds of years the individual brush strokes of the original paintings.<p>In this first …

Art Museum pigment analysis

When looking at a historic work of art, does the word <i>chemistry</i> come to mind? That’s right: chemistry even plays a role in art. Art historians rely on …

Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives | Conservation Lab

Medical imaging slices through mummies while leaving them unperturbed.<p>Meet Nestawedjat, a married woman who lived in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. She was about five feet tall and died in her late 30s or 40s, around 2,700 years ago. After her death, the bones of her nose were broken so as to …

Scientists and artists team up to explore modern art preservation techniques

A team comprising scientists and artists are to produce 3D-printed artworks to explore how modern art can be best preserved for future generations.<p>In …

This 6,000-year-old amulet is the oldest example of a technology still used by NASA

The amulet doesn't look like much: A lopsided, six-spoke wheel barely an inch across, swollen and green from corrosion.<p>But the 6,000-year-old object, uncovered from the ruins of a Neolithic farming village in Pakistan, holds clues about the ancient world it came from. And the effort to decipher …

Archaeology

The world's biggest small mystery

The museum world is a tiny place with gigantic ideas. Four years ago, in 2012, to understand how the Thomson Collection of European Art's miniature carved boxwood prayer beads at the Art Gallery of Ontario were made – a mystery that has defied human understanding for more than 500 years – curator …

MITRA - Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists

The Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists (MITRA) online resource was inspired by the work of the late Mark Gottsegen who …

Southwestern Senior Gains Rare Undergraduate Experience at Menil Collection

It was the summer between her sophomore and junior year at Southwestern when Taylor Bailey, Class of 2017, found her passion and career path: art …

Intriguing anomaly found inside the Great Pyramid at Giza

Using muography, scientists find evidence of a possible hidden chamber<p>It could be the ultimate archaeological discovery: a previously unknown chamber …

DNA study reveals unique bison species depicted in cave art

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- An unusual animal can be found among ice age cave art -- a hybrid bison-cattle creature. A number of fossils …

A child mummy gets a new look, with CT scans

X-rays were the iPhone 7 of the 1890s. Months after X-rays were discovered in 1895, German physicist Walter Koenig put the latest in tech gadgetry to the test by scanning 14 objects, including the mummified remains of an ancient Egyptian child. Koenig’s image of the child’s knees represented the …

Using X-Rays and Periodic Table to Reveal Techniques That Created Ancient Greek Pottery

Art experts are using science to uncover the special methods used by artists who created pottery in Ancient Greece.In a joint effort, the Cantor Arts …

The Colorful Stories of 5 Obsolete Art Pigments

The colors of art change not just with trends, but availability as well. For reasons of being incredibly poisonous, expensive, or just involving way …

Human Eyes Might Not Notice a Good Forgery, But Computers Could

On any given day in a lab in New Jersey, a humming machine traces the lines of a hand-drawn image: a woman’s face drawn by Matisse. The machine highlights each new line it sees, recording and cataloging its thickness, shape, and the artist it was created by.<p>But the computer isn’t merely scanning …

The Artful Science of Mending Works on Paper | Conservation Lab

The paper conservators at Alvarez Fine Arts Services, a private studio in New York, restore everything from Matisse prints to beloved family heirlooms.<p>While conservators in a museum setting work towards exhibitions that are scheduled years in advance, private practitioners often have to work at a …

An Old Master’s New Paintings

A grand re-evaluation of Segers expands his catalog to include major new works<p>Art historians have long been trying to make sense of Hercules Segers, the eccentric 17th-century Dutchman known for tiny, fantastical etchings in phantasmagorical colors. Now Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and New York’s …

Art

How Picasso swapped a dog for a prostitute in blue period portrait

An early work from Picasso’s blue period is to travel to the UK for the first time, after x-rays revealed how its prostitute star was originally intended to be a dog.<p>The portrait of Sebastià Junyer i Vidal, one of Picasso’s friends, shows the subject sitting in a bar flanked by a woman with a red …

X-ray vision? Device can read the pages of a book without opening it

Leave it to the great minds at MIT and Georgia Tech to figure out a way to read the pages of a book without actually opening it.<p>A team of researchers …