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One of our Compact Phoenix systems, complete with both NdYAG (1064nm) and ErYAG (2940nm) laser handpieces, has finally arrived at its destination in western Turkey: the important archaeological site at Sardis (capital of the Lydian empire in the 7th and 6th centuries BC and a major centre in Persian, Hellenistic and Roman times). The Archaeological Exploration of Sardis was founded in 1958 by Harvard University and Cornell University with the support of the authorities in Turkey. Each year’s team consists of 50-60 scholars, students, and professionals from the United States, Turkey, and around the world, including experts in archaeology, conservation, art history and other disciplines. Over the past half-century more than 700 students and scholars from more than 100 institutions have worked at Sardis – we are excited that one of our laser cleaning systems will now be used at such an important archaeological site and are very much looking forward to working with the team.
Last month Lynton travelled to the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, United States to give a laser cleaning workshop. The 1-day workshop was well attended by conservators from Cleveland and further afield, including Chicago, New York, Richmond and North Carolina. The workshop included presentations, demonstrations and practical sessions where conservators were able to get their hands on one of our portable Compact Phoenix systems and try it out for themselves on a range of materials.
Following successful laser cleaning tests carried out at Geneva's Musee d'Art et d'Histoire in February, conservators decided to hire one of our Compact Phoenix systems for three months to clean ten funerary steles, altars and monuments for a forthcoming exhibition. The pieces date back to the Gallo-Roman era (1-300AD) and laser cleaning at 1064nm is proving to be very effective in removing black pollution encrustations and other dirt layers from the limestone surfaces in a very controlled manner.
Conservators at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum (Copenhagen, Denmark) have made excellent use of one of our rental systems to clean its ‘Naos with two kings’ from Hawara, Egypt (1750BC). Conservators had been unable to remove the pollution layers with other methods of cleaning but found that our laser provided excellent selectivity and control to enable effective removal of the dirt layers without damaging the surface of the pink granite. The work attracted a lot of attention in Denmark and was featured in newspapers, social media and even on Danish television.
In May we were lucky enough to be invited to London to deliver a CPD session on laser cleaning to a group of conservators, building surveyors and project managers at Buckingham Palace. The visit also included laser cleaning tests carried out on architectural and sculptural elements (Coade stone) on the west terrace, from which unwanted paint layers and black pollution crusts were successfully removed without any damage to the stone surface.
©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College
Just over two years since initial laser cleaning tests were carried out on the historic 12th-century west front of the beautiful St. Mary's Priory Church in Tutbury, Staffordshire, we were asked back by Hirst Conservation to undertake further testing. We spent one day on-site conducting further tests with conservators from Hirst using our Compact Phoenix system to gently remove hard pollution crusts from extremely fragile alabaster elements of the Norman archivolt. The tests were vey successful and we look forward to helping Hirst conserve the alabaster in the summer of 2018.
Lynton has teamed up with the world-renowned Physics department at Manchester University to conduct detailed research into ErYAG laser cleaning applications in conservation and, in particular, into the use of this wavelength for removing oxidised bronze paint from gilded surfaces including frames and furniture. The PhD research project started in October and will make use of the conservation facilities at our Holmes Chapel site and the world-class analytical facilities at Manchester University.