Project details

Key issues

  • Upgrading of spectroscopy laboratory for arhaeometry by purchasing one micro-Raman spectrometer with the optical fibre probe as the upgrade to the existing FTIR (mid and far) spectrometer. Micro-Raman spectroscopy is regarded at present as the state of the art in the field of archaeometry and is the complementary techniques to the IR, and is one of the most suitable and up to date non-destructive technique in characterization of the materials and artefacts. Its application is much wider besides archaeometry and material science, it could be used in: biochemistry, pharmaceutics and forensics. The micro-Raman instrument is equipped with fibre optic probe, and could be transferred to archaeological sites (churches, museums) were research is done on the spot, without damaging or altering, at any way, the precious objects. Note: presently, such an instrument is not available in the Republic of Macedonia.
  • Hiring of two young researchers to reinforce the human potential. Two young talented graduates will be employed. They will be chosen as the two best candidates of all applicants and will be involved in the use of the micro-Raman instrument. They will be trained in non-destructive spectroscopic techniques on specific topics (pigment analysis and ceramics analysis) in the spectroscopy/archaeometry laboratories in the EU countries.
  • Collaboration with four respected laboratories for spectroscopy and/or archaeometry from the research institutions in the EU countries will be involved in the collaborative activities: (1) LADIR, CNRS in Paris (2) Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry, University of Ghent, Belgium, (3) Chemistry Department, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and (4) Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Two more laboratories from the neighbouring states will also be involved: (5) Raman and IR laboratory, Institute for Nuclear Research, Tirana, Albania and (6) Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro.
  • Networking of information and communication activities on a specific topics in archaeometry (with emphasis on Byzantine art work):
    • 2 half day meetings will be organized on the level of the country bringing together people directly involved in cultural heritage (conservators, art historians, archaeologists etc.) and scientists (chemists, physicians, mineralogists, geologists etc.) and other specialists at a basic research level. The main goal is to establish close communication and exchange information in the field of archaeometry in the Republic of Macedonia.
    • One workshop will be organized with invited participants from the region (Western Balkan Countries) on previously agreed topics of mutual interest on non-destructive methods of analysis and Byzantine art work and ceramics.

General scheme of the activities within the FORCA SPECLAB

    • one regional (Balkan) conference will be organized on the topic: Byzantine and post-Byzantine art work (frescoes and icons) and ceramics with invited scientists from Member States and the Balkan region as lecturers. The conference will be organized in the town of Ohrid (on lake at the South West of the Republic of Macedonia), surrounded with numerous Byzantine churches.

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