The first volume gives the reader a panoramic overview of the EC supported research in the tangible cultural heritage field, how it came into existence and how it has evolved progressively over the last 20 years.
The second volume, on the other hand, provides the user with short descriptions of around 100 EC funded projects which were implemented between the year 2000 and 2008, mainly in the context of the 5th and 6th Framework Programmes (FP5 & FP6).
In its 8 chapters, the book presents cutting-edge research projects aiming at the preservation and restoration of Europe’s vast patrimony, notably historic buildings, monuments and artwork, the analysis of their materials and constituents, as well as the impact of their environment, by means of advanced technologies and non destructive methods.
The last chapters illustrate the links between EC research and specific preservation programmes such as the EC international research cooperation with the Mediterranean countries, the Culture 2000 programme implemented by DG Education and Culture during the same period of time, as well as COST Actions in this area.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index_en.cfm?pg=cultural