ESR12 – Deepshikha Sharma

Deepshikha Sharma

Country of Origin: India
Host Institution: SNM

Background:

Deepshikha is a mechanical engineer and an archaeometrist along with a degree in history and archaeology.  Her interest lie specifically in public archaeology, cultural heritage management and digitalization techniques for cultural heritage.  Her passion for cultural heritage conservation took her to join the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters program in Archaeological Material Sciences (ArchMat), where for the first time she dived into archaeometry and conservation techniques for cultural heritage. Not only a variety of analytical techniques but also a multitude of cultural heritage materials, were introduced during the coursework. Having worked on paintings, metal and human remains already, glass is the next material for me to explore in depth.

Aspirations within projects:

ESR12 project under Swiss National Museum, she will look into the monitoring and conservation of unstable corroding historical glass objects using multimodal imaging techniques, which presents endless new horizons to explore and novel techniques to learn. The most exciting part of being a participant in CHANGE for her is the interdisciplinary approach of working together with computer scientists, chemists, physicist, conservation scientists, professional restorers, museum curators and so on, to develop a monitoring system for glass corrosion which will be useful for years to come. Coming from a country of a very long glass history (more than 3000 years), it is an unfortunate fact that a lack of trained glass conservators and systematic research on glass conservation has and will lead to the loss of quite many valuable artifacts. With a dream to ameliorate the situation, she wishes to contribute to the research in this field in the future as well in order to develop better and more efficient systems to ensure the safeguarding of our heritage.

ESR12: Analysis and monitoring of degradation of ancient glasses

Objectives

  • Definition of a multi-modal analytical approach to assess different degradation factors and forms.
  • Selection of 3D imaging techniques to document and monitor altered glasses.
  • Development of methodology for characterizing different alteration forms and products using imaging and spectroscopy.
  • Selection and evaluation of new cleaning procedures on mock-up samples.
  • Application of the protocol to document and monitor the state of conservation (and change) of real ancient glasses.

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