Evaluating transmission electron microscopy as a method for assessing the condition of archaeological wool.

Annemette Bruselius Scharff, Lise Bolt Jørgensen

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Abstract

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was
investigated to clarify the applicability of the
method for assessing the condition of archaeological
textiles from waterlogged environments.
A description and evaluation of the TEM protocol
is presented and the method was tested on
new and artificially soil-aged wool, as well as
on archaeological samples. TEM can give more
information on the ultrastructure of the wool
cortex than other microscopic techniques. It is
the only method that can give precise information
on the amount, size, shape, and condition
of natural pigment granules. TEM analyses were
also used to investigate the presence of natural
pigments in the yarns.
Original languageDanish
Publication date5 Sep 2017
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2017
EventICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference: Linking Past and Future - International Council of Museums - Conservation Committee, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 18
http://www.icom-cc2017.org/

Conference

ConferenceICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference
Number18
LocationInternational Council of Museums - Conservation Committee
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period04/09/201708/09/2017
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Artistic research

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Activities

  • 1 Lecture and oral contribution

ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference

Annemette Bruselius Scharff (Speaker)

4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation Lecture and oral contribution

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Scharff, A. B., & Jørgensen, L. B. (2017). Evaluating transmission electron microscopy as a method for assessing the condition of archaeological wool.. Paper presented at ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.