Cultural Heritage: Protection, Developments and International Perspectives


Piero Frediani, PhD (Editor)
Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Marco Frediani (Editor)
Department of Chemistry “Ugo Schiff”, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy and Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis – Florence section, Italy

Luca Rosi (Editor)
Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: HIS039000

This book on cultural heritage uses several points of view. Included are theories on cultural heritage preservation such as the cult of ancient monuments, our history and the economic value of cultural heritage preservation. A diagnostic evaluation is suggested through an integrated multidisciplinary approach, making use of quantitative and reliable data. This diagnosis helps in understanding the new properties of decayed wood and, in perspective, lets us classify the material according to its level of decay for better conservation.

Also, the problems of global warming, rising seas, and coastal erosion on the conservation of archaeological, historical, and other types of tangible cultural heritage sites located along the world’s coastlines, are described. Frank R. Thomas, using a case study from Micronesia (Kiribati), argues that tangible cultural heritage should not be limited to strengthening cultural identity in a rapidly globalized world, but could also serve as a benchmark in providing long-term perspectives on environmental change, biodiversity conservation and local opportunities for heritage tourism. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Collateral Theories of Heritage Preservation: From a Cult of Monuments to the Economics of Cultural Heritage
(Frantisek Svoboda, Faculty of Economics and Administration,
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Chapter 2. Documentation of Cultural Heritage
(M. A. Núñez, F. Buill, J. Regot, A. Prades and A. Mesa, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

Chapter 3. Deterioration and Protection of Historic and Artistic Stones: The Role of Synthetic Polymers
(Barbara Sacchi, Irene Malesci, Luca Rosi, Marco Frediani, Giulia Giuntoli, Andrea Pedna and Piero Frediani, Institute for Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage, National Reserach Council, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4. UV Cured Methacrylic-Siloxane-Based Nanocomposites as Potential Coating for Cultural Heritage Protection
(Carola Esposito Corcione and Mariaenrica Frigione, Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)

Chapter 5. Organic-Inorganic Epoxy-Based Hybrids as Potential Adhesives for Cultural Heritage Consolidation
(Francesca Lionetto and Mariaenrica Frigione, Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)

Chapter 6. An Introduction to Archaeology and Protection of Maritime Cultural Heritage in Ghana
(Rachel L. Horlings, Institute of Maritime History, Kensington, Maryland, USA)

Chapter 7. Evaluating the State of Preservation of Waterlogged Archaeological Wood Prior to Conservation
(Benedetto Pizzo, Nicola Macchioni and Chiara Capretti, CNR-IVALSA, Istituto per la Valorizzazione del Legno e delle Specie Arboree, Firenze, Italy)

Chapter 8. Advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methodologies in Cultural Heritage
(Donatella Capitani, Valeria Di Tullio, Noemi Proietti, Magnetic Resonance Laboratory “Annalaura Segre”, Istituto di Metodologie Chimiche, CNR Area della Ricerca di Roma, Rome, Italy)

Chapter 9. X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry as a Diagnostic Tool in Characterization and Conservation of Manueline-Illuminated Manuscripts
(M. Guerra, M. Manso, S. Pessanha, A. Le Gac, S. Longelin, A. Guilherme, M. Gil, A. I. Seruya and M. L. Carvalho, Centro de Física Atómica da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 10. Preventive Conservation of Cultural Heritage: An Integrated System of Biological and Microclimate Monitoring
(Cesira Pasquarella, Carla Balocco, Giovanna Pasquariello and Roberto Albertini, Department of Biomedical, Biotechnological and Translational Sciences, University of Parma, Italy, and others)

Chapter 11. When Graffiti is Not Art: The Damage of Alkyd Sprays on Calcareous Stones Employed in Cultural Heritage
(A. Dionísio and T. Ribeiro, CEPGIST, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal)

Chapter 12. Climate Change and its Impact on <i>Tangible</i> Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Prospects for Small Island Nations
(Frank R. Thomas, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)


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