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Catherine Gilbert, Doctoral Student at Université de Bordeaux
October 20th, 2022
11AM EST/3PM GMT
Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Catherine Gilbert, Doctoral Student at Université de Bordeaux. Catherine’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view her abstract.
Sam Johns, Doctoral Student at University of Bristol
November 17th, 2022
11AM EST/4PM GMT
Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Sam Johns, Doctoral Student at University of Bristol. Sam’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view his abstract.
Adam DiBattista, PhD, Archeology
Hirsch Fellow at American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece
December 17th, 2022
11AM EST/4PM GMT
Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Adam DiBattista, Hirsch Fellow at American School of Classical Studies. Adam is an archaeologist researching the creation and use of objects made from animal materials (e.g., bone, antler, ivory) in the Iron Age Mediterranean. His presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members.
A recording of this talk is available exclusively for ABM members, which can be accessed via Slack.
Dan Kirby, Conservation Scientist, MFA, Boston and Private Practice
January 19th, 2023
11AM EST/4PM GMT
An unusual, never before seen coating on 1st – 3rd CE Romano-Egyptian funerary portraits has been characterized by Peptide Mass Fingerprinting and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry, as well as other techniques. Radiocarbon dating of the coating from two of the portraits indicated that the coating is approximately 2,000 years old--it is not a modern conservation intervention! Most interesting, however, is not discovering what the coating is, but trying to discover why it is there. This talk will briefly introduce the materials and practices of funerary portraits, summarize the examination and analytical characterization of this unusual coating, and offer speculation as to its original purpose.
Jane Malcolm-Davies (Project Leader, Knitting in Early Modern Europe) and Beatrice Behlen (Senior Curator, Fashion and Decorative Arts, Museum of London)
May 18th, 2023
11AM EDT/3PM GMT
Since 1924, the Museum of London has had an undergarment, knitted of fine silk, said to have been worn by King Charles I at his execution in 1649. Several attempts have been made to analyse stains on the front of what would then have been called a waistcoat, and to fill gaps in its provenance. A new research project has brought together a curator, a knitting historian, a conservator, scientists, and expert craftspeople, including knitters. Different methods have been used to broaden knowledge of this rare garment: detailed object examination and description, comparison with other extant garments, radiocarbon dating, various dye analysis techniques, and silk sample knitting. In this talk, the challenges and advantages of this work will be discussed: from discoveries that can be made by looking at objects together to the difficulties of grappling with science for those unfamiliar with laboratory techniques.
Click "Explore" below to learn more about the project!