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By Vassos Karageorghis, Nota Kourou, Eleni Aloupi (auth.), Dieter Dirksen, Gert von Bally (eds.)

New high-tech advancements within the box of optics exhibit expanding applicability not just in classical technological fields but additionally within the humanities. This e-book comprises chosen contributions to a world, interdisciplinary joint convention on "New applied sciences within the Humanities" and "Optics inside of lifestyles Sciences". Its aim is to ahead interdisciplinary details and communique among experts in optics in addition to in drugs, biology, environmental sciences, and cultural historical past. it's precise as a presentation of latest optical applied sciences for cultural history defense. The contributions conceal overseas study actions within the components of archaeological examine and new applied sciences, holography and interferometry, fabric research, laser cleansing, trend popularity, unconventional microscopy, spectroscopial ideas, and profilometry.

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L]. Fig. 1 shows a photograph of an Old Assyrian cuneiform tablet; its age is about 4000 years. It is a protocol of a court decision, settling the quarrelings between two business enterprises[2]. The wording of the decision was written down on a tablet which was surrounded by this case. The case bears the names of the persons involved and impressions of their personal seals. The case was destroyed to obtain access to the tablet. Afterwards, the fragments were recombined. The difference in colour (in grayscale here in the black and white photograph) of the lower right part was the result of a different temperature while bei~g fired in a kiln.

Their preservation is thus a priority task in order to maintain these tokens for the next generations of mankind. The causes of deterioration are consequences of century-long climatic impacts aggravated by man-made pollution of recent years. Effective preservation calls for the investigation of underlying corrosive processes, which are not yet fully understood [1]. To take care of the delicate objects and for an early diagnostic warning, non-destructive and highly sensitive techniques are most favourable.

Historical Interpretation At the conclusion of an intensive regional surface survey, one can create histograms showing the fluctuations of site numbers against time (Fig. 16; after [14]). Allowing for the variable sizes of sites and the problem of whether all settlements were contemporary within a given phase, and provided that care is taken in trying to convert the area of a surface site to a likely number of inhabitants, such histograms can be used to chart the ebb and flow of regional demography.

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