Symposium / Premises of the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences.  /  December 07, 2023  -  December 08, 2023

Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques represent promising opportunities for the study of material cultural heritage in many respects. However, compared to techniques such as microscopy, endoscopy or various computed tomographic (CT) methods, its range of applications has so far only been rudimentarily exploited. Three member institutes of the U Bremen Research Alliance (UBRA) will form a unique transdisciplinary and regional alliance between the German Maritime Museum (DSM), Fraunhofer MEVIS, and the MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes at the University of Bremen, to host the conference on December 7 and 8, 2023. The conference MRI for Cultural Heritage Objects is dedicated to state current research in the field of complementary methods and technologies for the monitoring in conservation of historical and archaeological objects.

Together with experts from the fields of archaeology, cultural heritage research, materials research and imaging physics, the epistemic possibilities of MR methods and their complementarity to conventional methods for conservation monitoring and cultural heritage research will be discussed. The starting point for this is the multifaceted and always interdisciplinary material research around the so-called Bremen Cog as a central object of the DSM. The researchers are primarily interested in new insights into the proper conservation of material cultural heritage through an innovative study of conservation monitoring methods. Furthermore, new insights into the technical applicability of MR methods for various biomaterials and the analysis of conservational substances will be addressed. Finally, new research questions should arise from the identification of biological materialities in cultural artifacts for historical and cultural science approaches.


Questions about the program will be answered by Klaus Eickel ( Interested professionals are cordially invited to attend the conference.
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