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Advancing Microfading Tester Practice

A report from an experts meeting organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, March 13-15, 2018
Vincent Laudato Beltran

This report summarizes the outcomes of a 2018 experts meeting on the current state of the microfading tester (MFT) technique and how its practice might be expanded in the cultural heritage field. Among the topics addressed during the meeting were the range of MFT iterations employed, strategies for collecting and interpreting MFT data, the ways MFT results facilitate communication about lighting policy, and the development of a community of MFT users through the sharing of and accessibility to information about the technique.

Find out more about the current state of MFT in this recently published report.
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Seismic Retrofitting: Modeling of Prototype Buildings

Paulo Lourenço, Federica Greco, Alberto Barontini, Maria Pia Ciocci, and Giorgos Karanikoloudis

In collaboration with Daniel Torrealva and Claudia Cancino

Between 2015 and 2017, TechMinho studied four prototypes of historic earthen architecture in Peru in their current conditions and in retrofitted configurations. Modeling of Prototype Buildings presents the results of this effort, offering advanced numerical modeling approaches for historic adobe structures.

This publication is part of a series from the Seismic Retrofitting Project intended to provide professionals and researchers in the field of structural engineering with a methodology for the assessment of historic earthen structures using advanced numerical modeling techniques.

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American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Chapter 24

The GCI's Managing Collection Environments project team has joined with other professional colleagues in efforts designed to influence environmental management policies. One such effort has been the revision of Chapter 24 on HVAC applications in the ASHRAE handbook, which deals with museums, galleries, archives, and libraries. A significant revision is that the starting point for climate control specifications is no longer the historically perceived optimum of 50 percent RH and 70°F/21°C, but is instead the historical climate average to which a certain collection and building have been acclimatized—with broad limits to avoid universal problems like mold. Equally significant is the decoupling of loans from permanent collections in the climate specifications.

Available for purchase online.

Articles of Note


Tutankhamen's Two Tombs: Replica Creation and the Preservation of our Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age

There are two tombs of Tutankhamen, both located in Luxor, Egypt—one in the Valley of the Kings, dating from 1323 BCE, and the other, installed 3 km away, opened in April 2014 and is considered to be an "exact facsimile" of the original tomb.

A new article by GCI project specialist Lori Wong and past GCI scholar Mario Santana Quintero draws comparisons between the two tombs—the original and the replica—highlighting the differing approaches of parallel preservation projects and prompting questions surrounding the commissioning and use of replicas in the cultural heritage field and the growing role that 3D digital technology is playing in the preservation/conservation sector.

Access this free article here.

Public Programs


The Future of the Past at Herculaneum

Getty Villa
Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 7:30 pm

Francesco Sirano, director of the Archaeological Park of Herculaneum (PA-ERCO), discusses the past, present, and future of the site buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Excavated in 1738, a decade before nearby Pompeii, Herculaneum presents challenges and opportunities different from its more famous neighbor. Sirano addresses exciting new finds, conservation issues, and recent efforts to boost public awareness and engagement.

Free. Advance ticket required.

Of related interested:
Conservation of the Architectural Surfaces in the Tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary, Herculaneum. This report details GCI's collaborative project with PA-ERCO and the Herculaneum Conservation Project on the conservation of the tablinum from 2011 through 2016.



Conservation Perspectives, The GCI Newsletter

Spring 2019

Rock art can be found in Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in caves, deserts, rock shelters, and cliffs, among other locales. But its ubiquity is no protection. Exposed to the natural elements and, unfortunately, the predations of people, its lengthy existence until now is no guarantee of future survival. This edition of Conservation Perspectives examines rock art and its conservation from various viewpoints.

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Newly Acquired Titles

The latest titles added to the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute cover such topics as Egyptian chariots, marbled paper, medieval craft recipes, decorative interior painting, and Bronze Age metalwork. Some of these materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

View the full list.

From the Iris


Behind the scenes with conservation projects and staff, around the world and in the labs

Last October, a monthlong course in the World Heritage City of Al Ain, co-organized by the GCI, was a rare opportunity for professionals to spend four weeks immersed in the conservation of earthen architecture.

We spoke with several participants to hear about the challenges they face at home in working with earthen architecture and what they hoped to learn from the course. Each cast light on the diversity of earthen building techniques and types and the specific conservation issues they face, as well as on their shared sense of the urgency and importance of this work for preserving their cultural heritage.

These conversations are featured in four blog posts available on the Getty Iris.


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