chapter  9
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Science and the Art Museum: The Analysis of Archaeological Materials

INTRODUCTION Oneofthewaysinwhichsciencecancontributetotheunderstandingofmaterialcultureisthroughtheanalysisofmuseumobjects identifiedbycurators,conservators,arthistorians,orarchaeologists, aspresentinginterestingproblems.Issuesof,forexample,authenticity,methodofmanufacture,earlierrepairs,stateofpreservation, andmodeofdeteriorationareaddressablebyinstrumentalmethods usedroutinelyinmaterialsanalysislaboratories.