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In progress – Mural painting

Degradation of lead paints

Programme start: 2000 CICRP: Jean-Marc Vallet For several years the CICRP has been conducting research on the chromatic modifications affecting lead-based paints, particularly their darkening and the role of the environment in such degradation. Also based on experimental work, particularly with samples artificially aged under different conditions

Archeometry and conservation of ancient pigments used in Alexandria (Egypt)

Programme start: 2012 CICRP: Jean-Marc Vallet (director), Nicolas Bouillon, Odile Guillon Partnership(s): Centre for Alexandrian Studies, Monique Pomey, conservator-restorer The CICRP, the Centre for Alexandrian Studies and Mrs M. Pomey have established a research programme for the archaeometry and conservation of painted plaster and polychrome fired earth figurines

Conservation of Coptic paintings and inscriptions decorating the caves of the Hamâm Farâun site (Sinai, Egypt)

Programme start: 2010 CICRP: Jean-Marc Vallet Partnership(s): Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, Supreme Council of Antiquities The purpose of the Hamâm Farâun project is to take an inventory of and preserve all the decorated caves discovered on this site since 2004. They are decorated with Coptic paintings, symbols

Stimulated infrared thermography for the conservation of mural paintings

Programme start: 2011–2012 CICRP: Jean-Marc Vallet (French coordinator) Partnerships(s): Historic Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH), University of Reims, IDK (Germany), IESL-FORTH (Greece), IGN, MAP-GAMSAU, Avignon Art College (ESSA), Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, SINOPIA restoration workshop, Regional Conservation of Historic Monuments (CRMH) Languedoc-Roussillon The goal of this programme, which complements the

Identification of materials and techniques used in ancient painted plaster from Marseille

Programme start: 2005 CICRP: Philippe Bromblet, Vincent Mercurio Partnership(s): Municipal Archaeology Department, Heritage Workshop [Atelier du patrimoine], City of Marseille For several years, fragments of ancient painted plasters found in the excavation sites of Marseille have systematically formed the object of in-depth analyses to determine the nature of