Neutron Imaging, a Key Scientific Analytical Tool for the Cultural Heritage Project at ANSTO – Investigation of Egyptian Votive Mummies

Neutron Imaging, a Key Scientific Analytical Tool for the Cultural Heritage Project at ANSTO – Investigation of Egyptian Votive Mummies

Filomena Salvemini, Constance Lord, Candace Richards

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Abstract. Neutron imaging has been instrumental in the development of the Cultural Heritage project at ANSTO with many successful applications reported to date. In this study we focus on the investigation of Egyptian votive mummies conducted by combining neutron and X-ray tomography. Two wrapped ibis bundles produced during the Roman Period (30 BC – 364 AD) were studied to inspect their content and ascertain the state of conservation. A new insight in the manufacturing method and composition of the mummified packages was gained in a non-invasive way. Advantages and limitations of the neutron tomographic method were also explored.

Neutron Tomography, Non-Invasive Analysis, Cultural Heritage

Published online 1/5/2020, 6 pages
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Citation: Filomena Salvemini, Constance Lord, Candace Richards, Neutron Imaging, a Key Scientific Analytical Tool for the Cultural Heritage Project at ANSTO – Investigation of Egyptian Votive Mummies, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 15, pp 256-261, 2020


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