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What is conservation science?

What is conservation science?

  • Cultural properties are made of various materials including metal, stone, earth, textile, and paper. No matter how durable it is, a cultural material erodes with the passing of time in one way or another. 
  • Conservation science seeks to maintain archaeological artifacts, as nearly as possible, in an unchanging state, thereby increasing their lifespan. Applying modern technology, conservation scientists analyze artifact material and elements, identify its manufacturing method and structure, and investigate conservation environments in order to research and develop techniques for repair and restoration of artistic and historic works as well as provide resources for related fields such as archaeology and art history.

Inspection of Pillar Damaged by White Ants / Conservation Treatment of Third-floor Roof Stone of Ten-story Pagoda at Gyeongcheonsa Temple Site