Anglo-Saxon CSI: Sittingbourne

X-ray Images
September 9, 2009, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Conservation


X-raying of cultural heritage objects is a valuable analytical resource.  In the CSI: lab it is used to look at the condition of the iron objects that have been excavated from the graves.  The images produced can show breaks and weaker areas, and provide the conservator with a guide when they are working on objects.

X-ray of sword tip and 'dagger' from grave from grave 83 - you can see breakages in the metal

They can also give clues to a number of things such as manufacturing techniques (pattern welding), different types of metals and organic remains, and decorative features of the objects.  Again, this gives the conservator an idea of what to expect when cleaning objects rather than working on them blind.

X-ray image of sword with pattern welding and silver buckle from grave 28

X-ray image of Anglo-Saxon brooches and buckle

The CSI: lab is lucky enough to have been donated an airport x-ray machine.  This is the first time one of these machines have been used to x-ray archaeological objects and should help the conservators and will give the public a chance to see it in action.

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[…] used extensively during the work in the CSI: lab.  You can read more about the use of x-rays in an earlier post.  This post, however, is a gallery of just some of the x-rays that have been taken for objects […]

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