SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training



Research that uses different imaging techniques, such as NIR, hyperspectral and multispectral, to explore heritage objects both in situ and in museum collections

Student publications on imaging



On reflected infrared imaging

Charles Willard, A. Gibson, N.Wade, High-resolution visible and infrared imaging for large paintings: a case study of Israel in Egypt by PoynterProceedings Volume 11058, Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology VII; 110 (2019)  

Webb, E.K., Reflected Infrared Imaging: Revisiting the Fundamentals, in: Guidi, G., Scopigno, R., Torres, J.C., Graf, H., Remondino, F., Duranti, L., Brunet, P., Hazan, S., Barcelo, J. (Eds.), Digital Heritage (2015) 51–54

Webb, E.K., Reflected Infrared and 3D Imaging for Object DocumentationJournal of the American Institute for Conservation 56 (2017) 1–14


Comparative imaging

Ian Maybury, David Howell, Melissa Terras, Heather Viles, Comparing the effectiveness of hyperspectral imaging and Raman spectroscopy: a case study on Armenian manuscripts, Heritage Science 6:42 (2018)

Other publications on heritage imaging

Zidan, Eman & Mosca, Sara & Bellei, Sara & Frizzi, T. & Gironda, Michele & El-Rifai, Ibrahim & Mahgoub, Hend & Sadik, Sabah & Rashed, Mohamed & Osticioli, Iacopo & Siano, Salvatore & Valentini, Gianluca & Elnaggar, Abdelrazek & Nevin, Austin & Comelli, Daniela, In situ imaging, elemental and molecular spectroscopy for the analysis of the construction and painting of a Late Period coffin at the Egyptian Museum of CairoMeasurement 118 (2017)

Miljanić, Snežana & Kenđel, Adriana & Novak, Morana & Deliqeorqiev, Todor & Crnolatac, Ivo & Piantanida, Ivo & Chis, Vasile, Distinguishing binding modes of a new phosphonium dye with DNA by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopyRSC Advances 6 (2016) 41927-41936

Cucci, C., Webb, E.K., Casini, A., Ginanni, M., Prandi, E., Stefani, L., Vitorino, T., Picollo, M. Short-wave infrared reflectance hyperspectral imaging for painting investigations: A methodological study, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 58 (2019) 16-36

Webb, E.K., Robson, S., Macdonald, L., Garside, D., Evans, R., Engineering, G., Spectral and 3D Cultural Heritage Documentation Using a Modified Camera, in ISPRS TC II Mid-Term Symposium. ISPRS Archives, Riva del Garda, Italy (2018)

George, S., Hardeberg, J., Linhares, J., MacDonald, L., Montagner, C., Nascimento, S., Picollo, M., Pillay, R., Vitorino, T., Webb, E.K., A Study of Spectral Imaging Acquisition and Processing for Cultural Heritage, in Bentkowska-Kafel, A., MacDonald, L. (Eds.), Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage (2017) 

Multispectral imaging 

Jones, C; Duffy, C; Gibson, A; Terras, M; (2020) Understanding Multispectral Imaging of Cultural Heritage: Determining Best Practice in MSI Analysis of Historical Artefacts. Journal of Cultural Heritage 45 339-350

Jones, C., Christens-Barry, W.A., Terras, M., Toth, M.B., Gibson, A. (2019). Affine registration of multispectral images of historical documents for optimized feature recoveryDigital Scholarship in the Humanities, doi:10.1093/llc/fqz054

Adam Gibson, Kathryn E. Piquette, Uwe Bergmann, William Christens-Barry, Graham Davis, Marco Endrizzi, Shuting Fan, Sina Farsiu, Anthony Fitzgerald, Jennifer Griffiths, Cerys Jones, Guorong Li, Phillip L. Manning, Charlotte Maughan Jones, Roberta Mazza, David Mills, An assessment of multimodal imaging of subsurface text in mummy cartonnage using surrogate papyrus phantoms. Heritage Science 2018 6:7

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Student projects on imaging

  • Cerys Jones, A Pipeline for Multispectral Imaging of Documentary Material
  • Gavin Leong, What lies beneath? High resolution imaging of lichen-covered surfaces at Stonehenge
  • Ian Maybury, Hyperspectral Imaging for Heritage: From Books to Bricks
  • Charlie Willard, 3D Hyperspectral Imaging of Heritage
  • Keats Webb, Integrated management, visualisation and enrichment of image and analytical data to improve our understanding and conservation of museum artefacts

Keats Webb on Digital Imaging 

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