“Laser technologies in Cultural Heritage analysis, diagnosis and conservation”

May 04 – 10, 2015

 IESL-FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

 Join us for an exciting journey to Crete to become acquainted with the latest developments on non-invasive optical technologies and explore their field applications in Cultural Heritage research and conservation with emphasis to resilience against climate events


OPTO-CH POLITEIA 2015 workshop will introduce participants to applications of advanced laser-based technologies in Cultural Heritage (CH) science, diagnostics and conservation.

Lectures from experts on modern laser diagnostic and analytical techniques, as well as on laser cleaning methodologies will be combined with practical demonstrations and laboratory hands-on sessions. Two days of field tests and experiments on-site at selected monuments in Crete is also foreseen.


Application deadline:           February 15, 2015

Notice of acceptance:          March 15, 2015

OPTO-CH 2015 workshop:  May 04 -10, 2015


The lectures will introduce participants to the cultural background and conservation environment of the Eastern Mediterranean, and Crete in particular, and to the general concepts and principles of operation of each laser-based technique with emphasis on their analytical and diagnostic potential and applications. Selected examples and case studies will be thoroughly analysed to illustrate how optical technologies can be used in CH research and conservation. Two days of field tests and experiments on-site at selected monuments in Crete is also foreseen.

T O P I C S​

  • Materials analysis with Optical Spectroscopy (LIBS, Raman)
  • Optical coherence metrology for structural diagnosis
  • Imaging and mapping; multispectral, multi-photon and THz
  • Laser cleaning


Wednesday, 29 June at 20:00,

“Pyla- Kokkinokremos”: A fortified citadel on the south coast of Cyprus with strong Minoan influence.

Dr Athanasia  Kanta, PhD in Archaeology &  Honorary Director of Antiquities, Regional Unit of Heraklion


– Concepts and issues in conservation research

– Binding media and painting techniques 

– Pigments and their identification

– Detecting color remains on historic stonework; an analytical challenge

– Russian icons; treasures to be discovered

– Magnetic Resonance techniques for the analysis of Cultural Heritage materials

– e-tools for managing the use of analytical, diagnostic and conservation methodologies

– Geophysical – satellite remote sensing and archaeo-environment

– Discussion with the participants

Participants are invited to present cases studied they are involved in and discuss challenges that might be addressed by optical diagnostic techniques. 


On May 8-10 2015, a field trip to a selected monument in Crete is scheduled. The exact place and monument will be soon announced.


Maximum number of participants: 15

The workshop concept relies on a) strong and effective interaction between participants and instructors and b) detailed practical demonstration and hands-on sessions. Therefore participants will be organized in three (3) groups of five 5).




The course-fee is funded by the KRIPIS-POLITEIA research project. Travel, accommodation or subsistence expenses should be covered by the participants.