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Monks’ Secret: Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings

Using infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray fluorescence imaging, UCLA archaeologists discovered chrysotile (white asbestos) in the finish coating of the plaster underneath a portion of a wall painting in the Enkleistra of St. Neophytos, Cyprus.

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The research is published in Ioanna Kakoulli, Sergey V. Prikhodko, Andrew King, and Christian Fischera, “Earliest Evidence for Asbestos Composites Linked to Byzantine Wall Paintings Production,” Journal of Archaeological Science, volume 44 (April 2014): pp. 148–153.


Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in News

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