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An analytical technique is a method that is used to determine the value of a certaincharacteristic of the material, for example the amount of a chemical compound or theconcentration of chemical elements. There is a wide variety of techniques used foranalysis, from a simple analytical balance to very advanced techniques using highlyspecialized instrumentations. As an example, the most common techniques used inanalytical chemistry are listed in Figure 14.1.The analytical techniques are characterized by their invasiveness, type of informationsupplied, physical state of the sample, being portable or not, resolution, how much sampleit needs, expression of the result, what materials can be analyzed, costs of instrumentationand analysis.The contribution given by analytical investigation to the cultural heritage knowledge canbe related to:- technological information,- provenance studies,- conservation and restoration,- dating or authentication of a finding.Some examples have been shown in the previous chapters
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Conservation for Museum Collections
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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