On November 29,
2022, a new online-workshop was held as part of the MEROS: (Mutual
Engagement in aRchaeOlogical heritage and Science)
Program: Interaction in the field of archaeological heritage and science.
of the event were:
The Agency for Cultural
Nara National Research
Institute for Cultural Properties
International Institute for
Central Asian Studies
Ya. Gulyamov Archaeology
Institute, city of Samarkand
Murakami, a researcher at the Nara Institute of Cultural Property, made a
presentation on the topic of “Study of cultural values using the X-ray
fluorescence analysis technique”. In her presentation, Ms. Murakami answered
such questions such as:
What the main approaches and
principles of X-ray fluorescence analysis are.
What X-ray fluorescence
spectrum is and what types of spectrometers are out there.
What can be determined by X-ray
fluorescence analysis and what is cannot?
What should we pay our
attention to when performing X-ray fluorescence analysis?
Are substances chemically
What limits of identifiable
elements are there and what is the depth of the information obtained as a result
raised great interest among the participants of the seminar. In particular, the
specialists were interested in the issues of using X-ray fluorescence analysis
as a non-contact, non-destructive method for analyzing certain archaeological
The next stage
of the MEROS program will be to conduct an offline series of seminars with
practical sessions in Uzbekistan. The preliminary list of topics for the future
Color perception and ways of
Study of the environment
surrounding the assets of cultural heritage.