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Curtains come down on School on Conservation of Archaeological Objects

Jamshedpur : The fifth day programme of the School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects held at CSIR-NML witnessed class room lectures, display and demonstration of different techniques etc., at CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur.

In the fore noon, Dr. MK Mohanta and Dr. Mamta Sharma, made presentations on different types of rock samples / minerals available at NML Pilot Plant and demonstrated how they can be identified for the mineral contents. Dr. Shilpa Raturi, from Archaeological Survey of India, Dehradun deliberated on Authenticity test of archaeological objects. She presented case studies from different archaeological excavation sites and dealt with its conservation, preservation and legal aspects.

Dr. Anupam Sah, Art Conservation Head, Chatrapathi Sivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai organized case studies cum practical interactive session on “Painting and Art Conservation” which was very much motivating and brainstorming. He elaborated on oil painting and other kind of community painting with special reference to Odisha. He also dealt with different aspect of art and entrepreneurship development in community and its conservation aspects.

A concluding session was held in the after noon which was chaired by Director NML, Dr. S. Srikanth. Most of the participants shared their views and requested to have such workshop in a regular interval.

Most of the archaeologist participants said attending such workshop is a kind of eye opener for them as they are usually not expose to such scientific analysis off and on.

Forty-two participants from twenty States across the country and thirteen faculties across the country took part in the programme. The participants expressed their happiness and satisfaction while attending the programme.

It can be mentioned here that a five day ‘School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects’, targeting students and faculties in archaeology, culture and archaeomaterials, has been going on at CSIR-NML, organized by the INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy during 13-17 October, 2014.

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