, Volume 106, Issue 2, pp 309-323
Date: 19 Nov 2011

Advances in multispectral and hyperspectral imaging for archaeology and art conservation

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Multispectral imaging has been applied to the field of art conservation and art history since the early 1990s. It is attractive as a non-invasive imaging technique because it is fast and hence capable of imaging large areas of an object giving both spatial and spectral information. This paper gives an overview of the different instrumental designs, image processing techniques and various applications of multispectral and hyperspectral imaging to art conservation, art history and archaeology. Recent advances in the development of remote and versatile multispectral and hyperspectral imaging as well as techniques in pigment identification will be presented. Future prospects including combination of spectral imaging with other non-invasive imaging and analytical techniques will be discussed.