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  GCI conservator taking samples Stabilization of the wall paintings to secure areas of lifting paint and fragmented plaster layers. Photo: Stephen Rickerby

Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen

In February 2013, the GCI and Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities began implementation of the conservation plan for the wall paintings in the tomb of Tutankhamen. The work focused on stabilizing the wall paintings in the burial chamber. Conditions requiring treatment include localized lifting of paint flakes and thin plaster washes, loose and fragmented areas of plaster, and dust removal.

Learn more about the conservation and management of the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

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AATA Online Update

In the latest quarterly update of AATA Online, over 800 new abstracts related to preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage were added. We have also incorporated nearly 9,000 citations from the GCI Project Bibliographies into one search interface, enhanced the ability to limit results, and improved the browsing feature.

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  Pottery sherd Red figure sherd, associated with the Kleophrades painter (JPGM 95.Ae.31.2).

Public Program

Attic Pots and Atomic Particles: Modern Science Looks at Ancient Vases

Hear how scientists, art historians, and conservators are bringing together modern high-tech scientific analysis with art historical insight and technical observations to investigate the iconic black- and red-figure pottery of ancient Athens.

Find out more and make a reservation for this free event.

Of Related Interest

Professional Colloquium:
New Approaches to Understanding Athenian Pottery Production
May 3, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Minding the Gap: The Role of Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment

Architects Rafael Moneo and Juergen Mayer H. have been added to the roster of speakers for the May 21 symposium that includes Richard Rogers, Denise Scott Brown, Thomas H. Beeby, and Richard Meier.

Seats are still available. Find out more and register online.

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International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA)

Save the Date - May 19-23, 2014

ISA 2014, taking place in Los Angeles, will provide an opportunity to discuss new findings and innovations in technology and scientific research, and to address current and global challenges in archaeology and cultural property ranging from the looting and illicit trafficking of antiquities to the archaeology of transitional periods.

Find out more about ISA 2014.


Ephemeral Monuments: History and Conservation of Installation Art

Edited by Barbara Ferriani and Marina Pugliese

This is the English edition of the first book published in Italy to address the history and care of this ever-evolving medium that is often provocative, defies rigid categorization, and has transformed how we experience art.

Purchase this publication online.

Historical Perspectives on Preventive Conservation

Edited by Sarah Staniforth

This sixth volume in GCI's Readings in Conservation Series, provides a selection of more than sixty-five texts tracing the development of the field of preventive conservation from antiquity to the present.

Purchase this publication online.

GCI Publications Available in PDF: Recently Added

Monitoring for Gaseous Pollutants in Museum Environments

By Cecily M. Grzywacz

The focus of this volume is environmental monitoring for common gaseous pollutants, with an emphasis on passive sampling.

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Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the list of recently acquired titles from the GCI Information Center page.

O T H E R   N E W S

Search Launched for Head of Science at GCI

The GCI has launched an open international search for a new Head of Science to assume overall responsibility for GCI Science. We are looking for a recognized leader in the field of applied research and program development in conservation who has a proven ability to manage complex programs, staff, and budgets.

Find out more and apply online. The application deadline is June 15, 2013.

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