By Hayley Simon
At first glance, cultural heritage may not seem like an obvious place to find cutting edge scientific research. But peel away the layers, delve beneath the visible, and fresh insights may be gained into the past, alongside new methods of preserving our shared human story.
Welcome to the world of Heritage Science; a place where history becomes a laboratory.
From ancient mummies to crumbling towers, join as the students of SEAHA explore the landscape of heritage science in the brand new Heritage Science Podcast. Every month, we’ll be talking to heritage practitioners, academics and students, to better understand the subject that straddles the boundary between science and the arts.
In episode 1, guests Dr Chris Naunton, director of the Egypt Exploration Society, and SEAHA student Cerys Jones discuss the role of digital technology in understanding and preserving ancient Egyptian heritage. Meanwhile, presenter Hayley Simon catches up with Professor Thilo Rehren from UCL Qatar to find out the latest about the restoration of Tutankhamun’s golden death mask. Rounding off the show, SEAHA student Mark Kearney brings us up to speed with this month’s top stories from heritage science research.
Don’t miss us next month, when we’ll be discussing the challenges posed by modern materials.
To keep up-to-date with all the latest podcast-related news, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (#HSPodcast) and check out our page on the SEAHA website. Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled on the HSRN, as we’ll be updating the blog with audio links and episode descriptions every month.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the podcast, please email us or comment below – we’d love to hear from you!
The Heritage Science Podcast is brought to you by students of SEAHA, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, in collaboration with UCL digital media services.