Professors travel to Italy to unlock secrets of ancient technology
On Friday, Nov. 20, Professors Oral Buyukozturk and Admir Masic, with two Ph.D. students, will travel to Italy to visit archaeological sites in the region between Rome and Naples. In an ongoing collaboration with Roberto Scalesse (ERRESSE Group, Priverno, Italy), the objectives of the trip are to unlock secrets of ancient technologies used in making Roman mortars, bricks, mosaics, etc. as well as to apply advanced multi-scale and multi-spectral techniques for in situ characterization and monitoring of the degradation in these sites. The team will also explore, with local authorities and universities, opportunities for joint ventures and collaborative scientific programs to define strategies for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. Watch for information about another Italy fieldwork session ONE-MA3 related to a new Fall 2016 subject, 1.S993. MIT undergraduates interested in this new opportunity should apply by April 11.