MCI Imaging specialists have been using a number of imaging techniques to document and help understand the nature of cultural heritage materials. These techniques record variations in scale from micro to macro, two- and three-dimensions, light interactions beyond human vision, and so open up new ways of seeing.
Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida have announced the discovery of a bone fragment, approximately 13,000 years old, in Florida with an incised image of a mammoth or mastodon. This engraving is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art to depict a proboscidean (the order of animals with trunks) in the Americas.more...
2010 Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Digitization Project Brings Ancient Near Eastern Inscriptions into 21st Century. The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives collaborated with the Museum Conservation Institute under a Collections Care and Preservation Fund grant to digitize the collection of paper squeezes using RTI.more...
Mysterious 400 year-old slate tablet gets a closer look
Staff at the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) helped Jamestown researchers decipher inscriptions from a unique stone tablet dating from the earliest days of Jamestown.