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Cultural heritage

Spotlight on key projects


APPEAR focused on the accessibility, conservation, better integration, enhancement and exploitation of archaeological sites in closed urban subsoil, with the aim of making them accessible to the public while ensuring adequate protection when necessary.

This project worked on improving methodologies for evaluating the structure of historic masonry cultural heritage. Its objective was to enable owners and end-users of cultural heritage to assess and solve structural problems caused by environmental and other factors which threaten the safety of buildings and citizens.

As a result of this project, two new light dosimeters for monitoring cultural heritage were developed, tested and brought to the market. These tools act as early warning systems for preventive conservation as exposure to light can damage valuable heritage objects and gave rise to patents.

IDAP aimed to provide professionals in applied conservation-restoration, research and education with an interactive tool in the form of a database for damage assessment of and research into cultural heritage parchment materials.

INKCOR developed a new non-aqueous paper stabilisation treatment based on a combined action of alkali and antioxidants. The project established better conservation practices, enabling preservation and undisturbed access to the numerous artefacts threatened by ink corrosion, and increased knowledge of ink compositions and oxidation mechanisms.

The main goal of the project was to develop valid and cost-effective portable and integrated tools for in situ and in laboratory assessment of residual mechanical properties of building stones, as well as, stone consolidation treatments, and adequate replacement of stones showing similar properties.

EC-FORTMED devised a holistic approach to restoring and using medieval castles in eastern Mediterranean countries. Many of these structures are in a bad state and need immediate preventive attention for their very stability and accessibility of citizens .

The wide-focus objective of SUIT was to develop guidelines to ensure that the conservation of historical areas complies with the EU's impact assessment and environmental directives .


The CHRAF project supported the objectives of the Focus Area on Cultural heritage of the European Construction Technology Platform especially for built heritage through a series of coordinated activities.

FING-ART-PRINT developed a system to easily fingerprint art and cultural heritage, providing a non-destructive method for ‘marking’ and identifying valuable painted objects by using the 3D micro-characteristics of the otherwise 2D object surface.

This project looked at the impact of climate change on built heritage and cultural landscapes, with the aim of predicting this impact. Ultimately, its goal was for the results to help define guidelines and adaptation strategies at EU level, supported by the publication of a "vulnerability Atlas" with risks mapping.