Highlights


2019

February 2019

The BE-ARCHAEO project: the Kick-Off Meeting took place at Okayama University (Japan). More than 30 researcher from Italy, Portugal and Greece partecipated to the event.

2018

December 2018

The collaboration between CHNet and the Centro Conservazione e Restauro (CCR) "La Venaria Reale" is started. After the CHNet meeting of November, during which the CCR was welcomed into the network, the scanner XRF has already been employed in the CCR laboratories. The scanner will be used for one month to study the artworks that are under restoration in the laboratories. The CHNet researchers of Florence, Turin and the New York University of Abu Dhabi are investigating the materials used by the artists in order to discover their secrets.


14-17 February 2018

The X AIAr conference took place in Torino. More than 180 people attended to the event and there was about 150 contributions (orals/posters).

2017

September-October 2017

Different Structures of the CHNet network contributed to the study that is taking place in the House of the Ancient Hunt in Pompei; the analytical campaign is part of a wider project funded by CRT Foundation of Turin "Da Pompei a Venaria. Per un progetto di conoscenza, valorizzazione, divulgazione". The diagnostic investigations have been possible thanks to an agreement signed by the University of Turin, the Conservation and Restoration Center - La Venaria Reale (CCR) and the Pompei Archaeological Park; focus of the agreement is the restoration of some handcrafts and of the House, with the participation of CCR students.

28 September 2017

During the G7 in La Venaria Reale, the delegation of ministers visited the Conservation and Restoration Center "La Venaria Reale" focusing on the apparatus for radiography and tomography of large artworks realized during the project neu_ART.

13-22 September 2017

We contributed to the Training Camp on innovative techniques on Cultural Heritage applied on Archaeological finds and sites organized by UniSS with the funding and the support of Sardegna Ricerche and E-RIHS.

2016

3 December 2016

Our group participated to the third national event "Arte é Scienza", organised by AIAr (the Italian Association for Archeometry) and held all over Italy from 2nd to 4th December 2016. The Turin venue has been Oriental Art Museum and we contributed with a stand set-up within the museum to present the association, and another entitled "Scientific analysis and restoration of wooden Japanese statues", a thematic guided tours to tell the public the studies conducted on some of the objects preserved in the museum.

30 September 2016

During the "European Researchers Night" we contributed with a stand inside the Egyptian Museum of Torino.


2015

December 2015

Alessandro Re (University of Torino and INFN) and Fulvio Fantino (spin-off TecnArt and INFN), organized a scientific mission in Myanmar in the framework of an international collaboration Italy-Myanmar related to Cultural Heritage started in 2011. The main task of this mission was the installation of a laboratory for thermoluminescence dating at the Field School of Archaeology in the archaeological area of Sri-Ksetra. New instruments developed by INFN were installed.

2-4 October 2015

Our group participated to the second national event "Arte é Scienza", organised by AIAr (the Italian Association for Archeometry) and held all over Italy from 2nd to 4th October 2015. The Turin venue has been Egyptian Museum and we contributed with two presentations: one entitled "Radiography and Tomography: X-rays to see inside artworks" at the stand set-up within the museum to present the association, and another entitled "In search of the ancient routes of lapis lazuli", a thematic guided tours to tell the public the studies conducted on some of the objects preserved in the museum.

October 2015

The series of meetings: "The art and archaeology detectives’ investigations continue: new questions to be answered await our detectives..." took place in the Aula Magna of the rectorate of the University of Turin. Alessandro Re, Silvia Allegretti, Debora Angelici, Jacopo Corsi and Ambra Idone have been the organisers and the moderators of the four scientific/divulgative meetings, funded by "Fondazione Fondo Ricerca e Talenti". A mean of 115 persons participated to each event, involving a total of about 240 persons.

25 September 2015

During the "European Researchers Night" held in Piazza Castello (Turin) we contributed with the presentation "Radiography and Tomography: X-rays to "see" inside artworks" at the stand "Cultural Heritage: training and research" of the University of Torino (Masters degree in Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage) and the CCR "La Venaria Reale"

7 May 2015

In the aula Magna of the University of Torino took place the ceremony to award the best thesis of the academic year 2012/2013. The selection board of the masters degree in "Science applied to Cultural Heritage" has awarded Dr. Gianluca Gariani, for his thesis entitled "Use of Ion microscopy techniques and X-ray fluorescence for a provenance study of lapis lazuli: new data on mineral chemistry of rocks from historical quarries and first results on archaeological artifacts" . (supervisor: A. Re, co-supervisor: D. Angelici, G. Vaggelli)

27 April 2015

On Monday 27 April 2015 at 11.00, in the Quirinale Palace in Rome, took place the Leonardo Prizes Awarding Ceremony 2014, during the Italian Quality Day. Among the awards conferred by the Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the "Linda Cena 2014 graduation award", founded by Bracco Foundation, has been assigned to Dr. Novella Coviello for her thesis entitled: "X-ray Computed Tomography: an image processing technique for the study of Cultural Heritage" (supervisor: A. Re, co-supervisor: S. De Blasi - CCR "La Venaria Reale")

19 March 2015

Alessandro Re received the prestigious award "Salvatore Improta" 2014 for the high qualification obtained in the archaeometric sector conferred by AIAr (the Italian Association for Archeometry).
17 February 2015

Debora ANGELICI defended her PhD thesis in Earth Science: "Petrographic and minero-chemical characterisation of lapis lazuli: a provenance study of rocks and artefacts from Cultural Heritage" (Supervisors: Borghi A., Lo Giudice A., G. Vaggelli). Her thesis work has been awarded with the title of "excellent" that is conferred every year to the best PhD thesis in terms of scientific productivity.
10 February 2015

The new x-ray source donated by the Rotary Club was inaugurated. It is a GE Eresco 160kV/600W source with a focal spot size of 0.5 mm (IEC336). It will be used for 2D and 3D x-ray imaging in research, in degree courses and for technology transfer.

26 January 2015

Jacopo CORSI defended his PhD thesis in Chemistry and Materials Science: "Multi-technique study of coins circulating in northern Italy between 4th and 1st century B.C." (Supervisor: A. Lo Giudice)
19 January 2015

A series of meeting entitled: "The art and archaeology detectives" investigations continue: new questions to be answered await our detectives", proposed by Alessandro Re (coordinator), Silvia Allegretti, Debora Angelici, Jacopo Corsi and Ambra Idone, has been selected among the winners of the call made by "Fondazione Fondo Ricerca e Talenti". The provided funding will allow to host 12 nationally renowned scholars, organizing the scientific/divulgative meetings at the rectorate of University of Turin.


2014

12-13 December 2014

In the framework of the national event "Arte è Scienza" organised by AIAr (the Italian Association for Archeometry), our group managed the Turin event held at Palazzo Madama (Turin's municipal museum of ancient art). A series of thematic guided tours have been arranged and a stand within the museum has been set-up, to present the association and to illustrate the potential of scientific techniques applied to the study of cultural heritage.


October/November 2014

The series of meetings: "Art and Archaeology detectives: an investigation to uncover the secrets of the history and artists" took place in the Aula Magna of the rectorate of the University of Turin. Alessandro Re, Silvia Allegretti, Debora Angelici and Jacopo Corsi have been the organisers and the moderators of the four scientific/divulgative meetings, funded by "Fondazione Fondo Ricerca e Talenti". A mean of 140 persons participated to each event, involving a total of about 300 persons.



July 2014

The archaeological excavation for educational purposes in locations Orgères (La Thuile, Aosta, Italy) is started. The excavation was organized and it is directed by Prof. Giorgio Di Gangi and Prof. Chiara Lebole. TL dating will be used on ceramic findings.



July 2014

In the framework of the Galileo program, the Università Italo-Francese approved a research project submitted by Jacopo Corsi and Alessandro Lo Giudice in collaboration with the Université d'Orleans and several Italian museums. The funded project entitled "Ancient silver coinages between the Po and Rhone rivers" deals with the characterization of ancient silver coins circulating during Iron age between the two sides of the Alps. Iron age coins from northern Italy have already been analysed at the ISIS spallation source (UK)


15-20 June 2014

We participated to the Sansepolcro Training Camp (Sansepolcro (AR, Italy), organised by CNR, INFN, INSTM and Opificio delle Pietre Dure. It is the first in-situ international school related to advance diagnostics applied to cultural heritage, where scientists and technicians share their knowledge about analytical techniques with students, restorers, conservators and museum's visitors using portable instrumentations on real case studies directly in the museum.


June 2014

The Communication and Media Department of ISIS spallation source (UK) published an article about Iron age coins from northern Italy analysed by our group at INES beam line.


19 February 2014

A series of meeting entitled: "Art and Archaeology detectives: an investigation to uncover the secrets of the history and artists", proposed by Alessandro Re (coordinator), Debora Angelici and Jacopo Corsi, has been selected among the winners of the call made by "Fondazione Fondo Ricerca e Talenti". The provided funding will allow to host 12 nationally renowned scholars, organizing the scientific/divulgative meetings at the rectorate of University of Turin.


31 January 2014

Alessandra Romero, Alessandro Re and Fulvio Fantino (from the TecnArt spin-off), participated to a scientific mission of the University of Torino an INFN in Myanmar, in the framework of an international collaboration Italy-Myanmar related to Cultural Heritage and started in 2011. One of the task of this mission is to establish relationship among teachers and students from the two nations and to realise a centre for the thermoluminescence dating in Yangon. This laboratory will be used to date materials from archaeological sites like Sri-Ksetra.


2013

6-8 November 2013

The INFN Training workshop "Prospettive nel campo dell'archeometria e della diagnostica sui beni culturali" (Perspective in archaeometry and diagnostics applied to Cultural Heritage) was organized and was held at Centre for Preservation and Restoration "La Venaria Reale" (Torino, Italy). More than 120 participants attended the workshop (Link: Photo Gallery).


4 November 2013

Interview to Alessandro Re for a TV report ("Art Detectives team up") by Euronews, FUTURIS section (latest news about the leading scientific & technological research projects in Europe, Unlocking the secrets of research, science & technology) about a project selected among all the ones approved by the user panel in the CHARISMA European Project.


18-19 April 2013

The Physics Department attend to "DNA Italia: meet the sector of culture", at Lingotto Fiere, Turin. The group participated both with the presence at the stand of the University of Turin and with an oral contribution during the presentation of the research projects carried out by the departments.


17 January 2013

Alessandro Re received the assignment of a merit mention for the high qualification obtained in the archaeometric sector during the award ceremony "Salvatore Improta" 2012 conferred by AIAr (the Italian Association for Archeometry).