Riace Bronzes need more check-ups to prevent ‘cancer’

Posted on the December 9th, 2016




Milan – The first unusual spots have appeared on the faces, legs and abdomen of the Riace Bronzes and experts say that more frequent check-ups are needed to ward off “cancer”. The two Greek bronzes of naked, bearded warriors from around 460-450 BC were found in the sea near Riace in 1972. They are currently held at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria, Italy. Experts from the University of Salento and the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome made the announcement at the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria as part of the initiative ‘Arte E(‘) Scienza’, held over the weekend in several Italian cities by the Associazione Italiana di Archeometria (AIAr) to illustrate the most advanced techniques of scientific investigations applied to culture. One example is fluorescent X-rays, a non-invasive diagnostic technique used by the “doctors” in charge of the bronzes to examine them “lying down” in a sort of “field hospital” set up in Palazzo della Regione Calabria. Researchers were able to analyse the chemical composition of the patina left on the lower part of the two statues and create a sort of map of the spots which will serve to draw up future “cancer prevention” strategies. (ANSA)

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