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Wood Anatomy and Cultural Heritage

 

Wood analysis of the Roman shipwrecks of Naples

Wood analysis of the Roman shipwrecks of Naples

The Roman carpenters knew very well the technological and structural properties of the various timbers Wooden elements from three Roman shipwrecks (Napoli A and Napoli C, 1st cent. AD; Napoli B, 2nd century AD) recovered in the infilling of the Neapolis harbour (Naples, southern Italy) were fully analysed by our team. The extensive wood analysis suggested a very attentive selection of species...

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The Lucan portrait from Acerenza

The Lucan portrait from Acerenza

As part of the scientific activities aimed at at proving the painting to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci, investigations were carried out on the wooden support in order to identify the tree species. Visual analysis of the board has identified seven elements together to form the table, the sampling and analysis has concerned all of these components. Microscopic examination has permitted to...

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Adriano Fiori’s Xylotomotheca

Adriano Fiori’s Xylotomotheca

Several copies of the “Xylotomotheca Italica”, a peculiar collection of exsiccata comprising some hundred thin sections of woods, were prepared in 1905-1927 by Adriano Fiori. Such copies were sold to many italian botanical institutes. An extensive work of studying, tidying up, and cataloguing has been carried out in order to trace the historical events, the conservation state and further...

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