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The Technical Research Bulletin publishes the results of collaborative work by the British Museum's curators, conservators and scientists covering a broad range of objects and materials from across the Museum’s collection.
Published once a year, each issue aims to encompass objects from different continents, historical periods and material types. The Bulletin is designed to appeal both to those with a general interest in the Museum’s collections and those with a specialist interest who wish to broaden their horizons.
Examines some of the different material aspects of objects in the Museum collection.
Detailing the assessment, examination, treatment and analysis of objects from across the Museum’s collections and beyond.
Papers on exploring the evidence for cultural transmission and trade to questions of object attribution and authenticity.
Articles reflecting the chronological depth and geographical breadth of the British Museum collection.
Showcasing research and conservation projects that advance our understanding of the history, technology and treatment of objects.
- Technical study of a rare Venetian turquoise glass goblet from the Waddesdon Bequest, by Dora Thornton, Ian Freestone, William Gudenrath, Martina Bertini, Andrew Meek and Denise Ling
- Technological insights into madder pigment production in antiquity, by Vincent Daniels, Thibaut Devièse, Marei Hacke and Catherine Higgitt
- Sacred souvenir: the Holy Sepulchre models in the British Museum, by Jonathan Williams, Philip Kevin, Caroline Cartwright and Jacob Norris
- The study and conservation of the silk painting Death of the Buddha, by Keisuke Sugiyama, Tim Clark, Janet Ambers and Giovanni Verri
- Etruscan women’s clothing and its decoration: the polychrome gypsum statue from the ‘Isis tomb’ at Vulci, by Giovanni Verri, Margarita Gleba, Judith Swaddling, Timothy Long, Janet Ambers and Tomasina Munden
- An Aleut cape and cap made of sea mammal intestine: from storage to display, by Vanessa Sáiz Gómez, Caroline R. Cartwright, Jonathan C.H. King and Pippa Cruickshank
- Xenon flash for reflectance and luminescence (multispectral) imaging in cultural heritage applications, by Giovanni Verri and David Saunders
- Polychromy in Roman Egypt: a study of a limestone sculpture of the Egyptian god Horus, by Joanne Dyer, Elisabeth R. O’Connell and Antony Simpson
- Microscopical examination of fibres used in Ming dynasty paper money, by Caroline R. Cartwright, Christina M. Duffy and Helen Wang
- Analysis of pigment palettes as evidence for room status in Nero’s Golden House, Emma Payne and Dirk Booms
Available now in hard copy and online in Autumn 2016:
- A Great Lakes pouch of black-dyed skin with porcupine quillwork: an update
- A metallographic study of some debased silver coinage of Henry VIII
- Scientific examination of the Roman ring-pommel sword said to be from Pevensey, East Sussex
- Conservation treatment and technical observations on two objects from the Waddesdon Bequest with life castings
- The conservation and technical investigation of a hollow-cast Egyptian bronze
- Developing a passive approach to the conservation of naturally mummified human remains from the Fourth Cataract region of the Nile Valley
- Early Byzantine glass weights: aspects of function, typology and composition
- Ancient Egyptian funerary food; new insights
- Tools for eternity: pre-Columbian workbaskets as textile production toolkits and grave offerings
- The Admonitions Scroll: condition, treatment and housing 1903–2014
- A fresh assessment of a small stone plaque from China
Shell ewer from Gujarat, India