Workshop: Reading the Fine Print

Inks, paints and media from the ancient world studied by synchrotron radiation, different spectroscopic and analytical techniques

Open Interdisciplinary Workshop on the 8th of December
Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS)
Karen Blixens Vej 4, building 10, 3rd floor, lunch room



Arrival and Coffee


‘What is CoNeXT?’ Sine Larsen, Department of Chemistry, Principal Investigator (PI) of CoNeXT

First Session (Chair: Sine Larsen)


‘The NeXT step: Synchrotron radiation and the potential it holds for cultural studies’ – Vincent Fernandez, the European Synchrotron (ESRF)


‘Archaeometry of the Dead Sea Scrolls’ – Ira Rabin, Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM)


‘Non-invasive chemical investigations of Mesoamerican codices’ – David Buti, Centre for Art Technological Studies and Conservation (CATS), the National Gallery of Denmark 

Second Session (Chair: Fredrik Hagen ToRS)


‘The history and nature of the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection’, Kim Ryholt, ToRS, PI of the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection and Project


‘Papyrology with X-rays and light’ – Thomas Christiansen, ToRS, Poul Erik Lindelof, the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI)/ToRS


‘A Scientific study of lead pigments from a classical sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek’ – Peter Fink Jensen, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)


Closing remarks and tour of the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection

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