Characterisation and Conservation of Paintings on Walls and Sculpture from Nabataean Petra

After the re-discovery of the today’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Petra in Jordan in 1812 archaeological research onsite plays a very important role. The large number of discoveries is accompanied by the need of conservation measures. In this project methods shall be exemplarily developed for the detection, characterisation, and conservation of ancient painting on wall plaster and sculpture in the frame of intense cooperation between archaeological research, chemical research and conservation research. For the remains of Nabataean wall paintings an extensive survey and documentation is planned, which includes a detailed archaeometric study of gilded wall paintings in situ with portable instruments. A further study to determine alteration mechanisms in laboratories will follow. Likewise a better documentation, chemical characterisation, and understanding of recently discovered marble sculptures and their painted decoration is planned. One focus will be on gilded paintings, as well. For required conservational measures a large environmental monitoring will be carried out on site and new conservation materials on the basis of organic-inorganic polymers will be developed. Specialists from the Department of Antiquity of Jordan (DoA) and Petra Archaeological Park (PAP) will take part in the project. In addition, they will be offered training courses on the analytical techniques

Principal Investigators
Schmid, Stephan G. Prof. Dr. phil. (Details) (Classical Archaeology)

Financer
DFG: Sachbeihilfe

Duration of Project
Start date: 07/2016
End date: 08/2020

Research Areas
Humanities and Social Sciences

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