Dr Nikolay Kardjilov (Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin)
High-quality armour made during the Middle Ages, such as the products of 15th century Milan, which were exported in some quantity, was frequently marked by the craftsmen who made pieces of plate armour, as well as by the “traversator” who assembled the suit. These marks can identify both the craftsman and the city and, sometimes also, the arsenal where it might have been stored. Much of the...
Dr David Mannes (Paul Scherrer Institut)
Musical instruments represent a multifaceted and rather delicate section in cultural heritage objects. They can consist of simple piece of wood with holes or represent a complex mechanical apparatus made of a wide combination of materials. Beside the preservation of the physical integrity of musical instruments the preservation of the sound is a very important topic, as it represents a unique...
47. Searching for “the needle in the haystack”: reconstructing the brain and vascular system of the mammalian forerunners
Dr Burkhard Schillinger (Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (FRM II))
Only little is known about the brain antomy of the mammalian forerunners, the non-mammalian therapsids, because the brain reconstruction is faced with several problems. The first is that soft-tissue is not preserved. Consequently, information about the shape of the brain can only be deduced from the surrounding bony cavity. A second problem is that the brain cavities of most therapsids were...
12. Crystallographic characterization on different types of structure (Tsukurikomi) of Japanese swords using pulsed neutron imaging and diffraction methods
Dr Kenichi Oikawa (Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
The Japanese swords are very attractive not only as a work of art but also a metallurgical point of view. There are various kinds of the structure combining the Japanese swords materials, i.e., the steel combining method of making Japanese sword blade (Tsukurikomi). Among them, Honsanmai was popular in Edo period (1603–1867) and is also popular in modern Japanese swords. However, at rather...