Giulia DIONISIO / Anna Margherita JASINK
(University of Florence, Italy)

Keywords: Archaeological Collections, traditional and virtual analyses and technologies

The Aegean Collection of Florence is only partially exhibited to the public, being almost kept in the storerooms of the Museum. Nevertheless, such a rich and impressive collection has the opportunity to be shown beyond the boundaries of the Museum and, consequently, be available to the whole of researchers and common people through different and related scientific, technological and data processing methodologies. The focus of our interest is addressed not only to simple interactive or virtual applications, but also to diagnostic analyses and traditional restoration. The whole of these perspectives leads to a new light in archaeology and allows a deeper knowledge of the ancient Aegean objects and of the context of their production.
In this paper we are dealing with some specific analyses useful to obtain new data about ceramic samples: traditional and virtual restoration, diagnostic analyses, three-dimensional digitalization, and virtual application inside an interactive museum (MUSINT). As to the diagnostic analyses, we acquire useful data about the ancient pigments used on the ceramic surface to obtain particular chromatic effects. Virtual technologies and, in particular, digital restoration, are very useful methodologies in this context because they allow to manipulate and study the ancient ceramics without a direct contact with them. Moreover, virtual restoration allows to restore not only the shape but also the original decorative pattern of an ancient object, giving detailed information about its original condition.