Research Field A
Written artefacts can tell us much more than what meets the eye. Apart from their written content or design, the materials used, and their great variety, they store a wealth of information – regarding production and preparatory treatment, writing practices, use and reuse, storage and deterioration, as well as possible traces of conserving intervention. The concept of material memory, which describes the stratified sum of these traces, tallies with recent developments in codicology under the term ‘stratigraphy’ (‘archaeology of the manuscript book’). Material analysis can un-cover this wealth of information and shed light on the physical, chemical and biological identity, provenance and history of a written artefact by identifying its original and its acquired properties.
The programme of Research Field ‘Artefact Profiling’ aims at the development of novel chemical and physical methods and their implementation for the investigation of organic/biological and inorganic systems. Such technologies and experiments will allow us to understand how and from which materials written artefacts such as manuscripts have been produced and used, and altered in the course of time. In addition, ‘Artefact Profiling’ supports the research, development and application of methods and techniques for the preservation of cultural property in general and of writing artefacts in particular.
Spokesperson: Markus Fischer
Palm-Leaf Manuscripts: Characteristics and Properties
Paleogenomic Studies of Written Artefacts of Different Origin
Similarity Measurement of Visual Patterns in Written Artefacts
History of Paper of Ethnic Groups in Southwest China and mainland Southeast Asia (in Zomia)
Towards a Comprehensive Approach to the Study of South Indian Palm-Leaf Manuscripts
Reading Closed Cuneiform Tablets Using High-Resolution Computed Tomography
Recovery of Damaged Writing
History of Writing: Black Inks and Writing Surfaces
Mass Spectrometric Proteome Analysis of Written Artefacts
A Mobile Container Laboratory for Worldwide Use
Multiscale materials characterisation as a function of processing methods for novel and ancient writing surfaces
Painting the Ancient World: Crystallochemical Characterisation of Pigments and Minerals in Ancient Written Artefacts