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Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2019


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T. Rosado, R. Santos, M. Silva, A. Galvão, J. Mirao, A. Candeias, A.T. Caldeira

Mitigation Approach to Avoid Fungal Colonisation of Porous Limestone

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This work highlights the importance and eficacy of BEVOTECH solutions to inhibit fungal development on rock surfaces. These natural, ecofriendly and safe biocompounds can overcome the biodecay processes, constituting an alternative and innovative solution for rock materials preservation. The three BEVOTECH biocompounds promoted efficient inhibition levels for Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium and Acremonium, being completely safe for rock materials, do not inducing any alteration on colour, texture and structure of the stones. Mitigation strategies using combinatory application of these new solutions seems to be an efficient strategy to control and eliminate a complex population that usually colonise Cultural Heritage assets. According to the efficiency and safety of these novel biocompounds, their implementation on the plan of conservation and intervention process needs to be outlined and include on mitigation strategies to prevent, control and minimise biodeterioration, to contribute for the preservation and safeguard of these cultural assets.

Keywords: Biocolonisation; Alteration stone; Bioactive compounds; Mitigation strategies


T. Li

Investigating Pre-1949 Chinese Paper-Based Materials By Raman Spectroscopy: Short Review (2000-2017)

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Raman spectroscopy over the last two decades has shown its power and great potential in advancing our knowledge about the use of materials in the human past. Raman applications on paper-based materials are relatively few, however, compared to the countless case studies on other base materials. In this short review, I summarize post-2000 Raman applications on Chinese paper-based materials, in the hope of keeping non-Chinese scientists updated—which subjects have been investigated by Raman spectroscopy and to address what questions, how Raman applications shed light on the manufacture of pre-1949 Chinese paper-based materials, and what interesting topics arise from these Raman applications. I close my review by proposing a few topics worthy of exploration and investigation in future Raman applications.

Keywords: Raman spectroscopy; Dyed papers; Indigo; Fiat money; Painting; Authenticity.


R.P. Escobin, J.M. Conda, M. Ramos, M.D. Rizare, R.E. Cortez Jr.

Scientific Restoration of National Shrines and Landmarks in the Philippines by The Forest Products Research and Development Institute Wood Identification Technique

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This is the output of 5 contract projects collaborated by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute(FPRDI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in the last 5 years. Within the period covered, 5 project sites classified as shrines and landmarks in the country were visited and 1,911 items of movable, immovable, furniture and other woodcrafts were identified in the field and the laboratory. DOST-FPRDI developed a practical wood identification in the scientific identification of the samples from the field to the final identification in the Herbarium and Xylarium (CLP¬ , CLPW ) using the authentic samples. Published available literature were also consulted to confirm identification. Simple tools were used in the field i.e., 20x Coddington hand lens, NT cutter, lighter, flashlights, hand gloves and face masks to gather preliminary identification of the woodcrafts. Macro-photographs were also taken for each species of sample examined for the final identification in the laboratory using a Leica stereoscope. Field notes were also gathered from the field i.e., accession number, personal conversation with the curators and the age of specimens. All the woodcrafts were identified with an acceptable level of accuracy (80%) comparable to the newly introduced computer-based xylotron by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) aimed to remove bias in the identification of wood.

Keywords: Practical wood identification; Herbarium and xylarium; Restoration of shrines and landmarks.

A.R. Ramalhinho, M.F. Macedo

Cultural Heritage Risk Analysis Models: An Overview

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The risk assessment is a critical step in achieving, defining and supporting the decision-making process. In this context, in the past two decades, an increase in the number of models for assessing/analysis of risks applied to collections and/or immobile cultural heritage was observed. The present work consists of the first review of the literature, from 1999 to 2016, on risk assessment applied to movable and immovable cultural heritage. A total of twenty-seven risk assessment models have been compiled that can be applied to different types of cultural heritage such as: immovable property (26%) and movable property (74%). It was possible to conclude that approximately 48% of the risk analysis models are quantitative, 19% are semi-quantitative and 33% of the models are qualitative. Two different tables were created in order to help the reader: one for movable and another to immovable cultural heritage. These tables compile information to characterize the models (name, type, applicability, examples, date and references). The advantages and disadvantages of using each model was discuss in a separated table.

Keywords: Risk assessment; Model; Immovable; Movable; Cultural heritage; Overview .

G. Fabiani, M. Fedi, M.R. Giuliani, G. Di Giulio, G. Galotta, G. Goli, L. Liccioli, P. Mazzanti, G. Signorini, M. Togni

The Discovery of Marouflage on Decorated Structural Timber in a Villa of the XV Century

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A restoration project on the ancient Villa Rucellai in Quaracchi, Florence (XV century, project attributed to Leon Battista Alberti), kicked off the on-site inspection of the wooden structures, as basic way for the assessment of historical timber buildings. During the inspection of the two-trusses timber roof, some significant remains of pictorial decorations were found and, on many surfaces of the timber elements, some fragments of fabric were discovered. In front of these facts, by means of a multidisciplinary approach, the trusses were deeply investigated according to the following examinations: image analysis to recognise all the surfaces covered by textile materials; 14C dating on fabric and wood, in particular applying wiggle-matching for the latter material; microscopic analysis to identify the textile fibers and the wooden species. The results of the analyses, combined with the relevant information obtained by the on-site technological inspection, confirmed historical information on the Villa and proved the use of mercerised flax fibers, derived from pre-existing fabric artefacts, far older than decoration; in addition, it showed the widespread application of fabrics made of linen, to smooth the wood surfaces for painting, allowing us to establish the first case of "marouflage" ("incamottatura") applied on structural timber elements.

Keywords: Abies alba; Fabric; Flax fibers; Incamottatura; King-post truss; Populus sp.; Structural timber; Wiggle-matching

M. Janpourtaher

A Scientific Approach of Preservation Treatment and Restoration Procedures on Historical Royal Songket Sarong

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 69-80
The object under research represents a 19th century Songket sarong belonging to the Royal family preserved in the National Museum of Malaysia collection. Historical reviews with analyzed the motifs and weaving technique showed that sample represent the Indonesia art. There is a lack of awareness on the preserving of songket textiles towards identifying deterioration factors, preventive preservation and restoration of historical songket textiles. This study aims to establish a new procedure for the preservation of historical songket textiles. It became evident that by exposing fabrics to improper storage and display technique had caused considerable harm to the physical, chemical and mechanical parts of the sample. This project integrated in three phases: historical analysis, scientific analysis and experimental research. Scientific analysis is used to analyze the materials in Songket textile under investigation by examining the natural and metal fibers using chemical examinations, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Finally, after accurate survey, examination and identification, the researcher developed the most reliable procedure of preservation and new approach of restoration that was adopted in the National Museum of Malaysia.

Keywords: Masonry;

O. Abdel-Aziz, M. Mahmoud, Y. Abo-Elfath, S. Abdel-Aziz, M. Samir, M. Ali

Evaluation of Conventional Treatments for Mirrored Silver Gelatin Prints: Experimental and Applied Study

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Silver gelatin prints are found abundantly among photographic collections. They are composed of three main components: the final image material, filamentary silver particles; the binder, gelatin; and the primary support, paper. Due to this complex structure, silver gelatin prints are very vulnerable to the surrounding environment, particularly to air pollutants. As a result, silver gelatin prints commonly suffer from an image decay form known as silver mirroring, a bluish metallic sheen found on the surface of such photographs. The aim of this study is to assess several treatments to determine which is efficient and safe for use to treat silver mirroring. The following treatments were tested: ethyl alcohol (100%), ethyl alcohol and distilled water (80:20%), Magic Rub vinyl eraser, Faber Castell eraser, and gelatin coating. Treatments were evaluated using visual inspection, microscopic inspection, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and colorimetric measurements. Long-term effect of the treatments on the photographic samples was studied using artificial aging. Samples were exposed to humid heat aging conditions at a temperature of 80°C and 65% RH for 5 day. The paper also presents the conservation of a historical silver gelatin print suffering from mirroring. Treatment carried out included: disinfection, mechanical cleaning, and dismantlement of secondary support, deacidification, tear mending, remounting and retouching.

Keywords: Silver gelatin prints; Oxidation;, Mirroring treatments; Artificial aging; Microscopic examination; FTIR; Colorimetric measurement; SEM; Remedial conservation.


A.H. Hegab, S.A. Amira, A.S. Taha

Effect of Some Medicinal Plants Extracts on Fungi Invaded Limestone of Some Monumental Buildings in Old Cairo

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 97-106
The present work was designed to pinpoint some medicinal plants as good candidates of antifungal activities. These medicinal plants were collected from Egyptian Herbalism, and identified. Extraction of the crude oil using steam distillation method. Isolation of different fungal species from contaminated three different historical buildings in Old Cairo (mosque of Tameem Alrassafy, madrasa of Azbak Al-Yusufi, and the mosque of Yusuf Agha Al-Heen), which are infected by biological deterioration on its limestone surface. The antifungal activity of clove, piper, and thymus crude oil extracts on these isolated fungi was examined. The potential Sterilization of these extracts on limestone samples was investigated. The effectiveness of the treatment using these extracts has been evaluated with laboratory tests. The results obtained seem to indicate that this type of treatment will be suitable for monumental stone conservation. This research is illustrated by a set of tables, figures, and pictures.

Keywords: Antifungal activity; Clove; Biological Deterioration; Piper nigrum Linn.; Thymus; Steam distillation

M.A. Moulai-Khatir, R.W. Biara

Colonial Projection on the Public Buildings of the West-Algerian: Shared Inheritances

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 107-118

At the dawn of independence, the Algerian cities inherit public buildingss bequeathed by French colonialism. Sidi Bel-Abbès, city of the West-Algerian, glorifies of a good number of these legacies, wich still functional. The maintenance, the rehabilitation, or the reconversion of these public and collectives buildings are the subject from now on of important operations in the structuring of the bel-abbessien urban space, with same to direct the socioeconomic dynamics of the city. Precisely being interested in the evolution of this type of buildings inherent in the Bel-abbessien territory, prone to whatever the operation of safeguarding, this article wants to be to include/understand the forms of functional change and/or formal which affected these buildings? Causes at the origin of these transformations? And if the policies of safeguard and safeguarding of the public buildingss are in agreement with the undergone changes? To be done, we will proceed from the start by an identification of the public buildings inherent in Bel-Abbèssien urban fabric going up to the colonial period, for then passing to a reading various touched having changes these buildings.

Keywords: Sidi Bel-Abbès; Public buildings; Architectural heritage; Colonial period; Evolution.


K.K. Salama, M.F. Ali, S.M. El-Sheikh

Using Nano-Materials in Supporting the Substrate of an Egyptian Coptic Fresco Painting

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There is no doubt that many mural paintings in museums suffer from the heavy loaded added gypsum layers to the background of them for supporting, Nano materials produce successful way for supporting. Currently a comparison between nano materials (Carbone nano tube, nano calcium hydroxide, nano calcium carbonate and nano silicon dioxide) and the nature calcium carbonate which added to the background of the mural painting, The mechanical characteristics of the treated models were improved in all cases but in different values scanning electron microscope to determine the change in properties of the interior structure of the treated models.

Keywords: Nano-materials; CNTS; Nano CaCO3; Nano Ca(OH)2; SiO2; Fresco painting

V. Sharma

Regenerative Competence in Root Explants of Rhynchostylis Gigantea, an Endangered Genera: An In Vitro Study

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The neoformations in the in vivo root explants of Rhynchostylis gigantea depend upon their location, maturity level and chemical regime.The regeneration is affected by polarity showing basipetal gradient. The distal ones with intact tips with well developed root caps showed an extended growth with sub-apical formation of globular structure whereas,the proximal explants responded to the presence of cytokinin(Kn) in Mitra et al.,1976 medium.The effect of cytokinins was accentuated in the additional presence of NAA and the higher organogenetic responses are observed in explants when BAP,Kn was used in dose double than that of NAA.The regenerated plantlets were accilimatized &transfered to pots filled with moss, pine bark, brick and charcoal pieces (2:4:1:1) with 90% survival.

Keywords: Orchid; Flowering plants; Root; Tissue culture; Protocorm-like-bodies; Callus.

E.F. Mosnegutu, V. Nedeff, A.D. Chitimus, D.I. Rusu, I. Joita

Aspects Regarding The Siret River Direction-Changing in the Bacau County Region, Romania

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Rivers are active agents on the Earth’s crust which lead to specific geological formations. This process of river flow shaping the landscape is a continuous and dynamic one. The study’s objective, as presented in this paper, is that of identifying the course of the Siret River in the Bacau region, with the purpose of assessing the new route’s impact on agricultural lands and human settlements near its vicinity. Therefore, three cadastral maps have been digitized (maps were realized in different periods of time, 1954, 1980 and 2010).For a more precise identification of the differences between the routes of Siret River in these three time intervals chosen, the river courses obtained by digitalization were overlapped at 2x2 juxtaposition: the course of 1954 with the one in 1980 and the course of 1980 with the one in 2010. Through this overlapping we were able to identify the soil surface which was subject to margins’ expansion, presented with negative values and the margins’ reduction process, presented with positive values. From the graphic representation obtained we can note that there is no specific area subjected only to margins’ expansion or only to margins’ reduction, these processes take place along the entire length of the river. The greatest value of the margins’ expansion and/or reduction were obtained between 1980 and 2010 courses with -8900007 m2 value on the left margin and 5289474m2 on the right margin. The data analysis show that the margins’ expansion is wider than the margins’ reduction process, which leads to the enlargement of the water surface and affects the surfaces boarding the Siret river course.

Keywords: Siret River; Specific geological formations; River margins’ expansion and reduction; Preserving the riverbed

M. Muslihudin, S. Rosyadi, J. Santoso

Sustainable Traditional Gold-Mining Management In Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 139-148
Traditional gold mining in Banyumas is part of other traditional gold mining in Indonesia. They grow and develop without planning, calculation, evaluation even permission from the government. The purpose of this study is to create a program of sustainability mining management. So that it is not highly risks for people and the environment. The method used in this study is qualitative and quantitative. Analysis method was used SWOT analysis and Analytical Hierarchy Process. The results of the study that the condition of existing gold mining in Banyumas is not friendly to the environment and is not based on the principle of sustainability development. This research produces a program for traditional gold mining management. that stems from the principle of sustainability. It takes into account of social, ecological, economic aspects.

Keywords: Management; Sustainable; Traditional; Gold mining; Banyumas Indonesia

P. Lupoae, E. Tupu, N. Onea, G. Murariu, L. Georgescu, M. Tudor, C. Iticescu, M. Lupoae

An Integrated Approach Concerning Floristic, Phytocoenological and Ornithological Diversity on Somova-Parches Lacustrine Complex: Aspects of Their Conservation

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 149-164
The aim of this study represents a complex approach regarding the analysis of the flora, aquatic and palustre vegetation as well as the diversity of nesting bird species on Somova-Parches Lacustrine Complex. Aquatic and palustre vegetation conveys 23 vegetation assemblages, five habitats of national interest, and three community habitats featuring a well-represented floristic (87 taxa) and cenotic structure. The amount of phytogeographic elements is conferred by Eurasian phytotaxa 50.7%, European and Central-European 5.7%, Nordic–Circumpolar 18.4% and Cosmopolitan 18.4%. Adventitious and Mediterranean elements comprise a scarce percentage, merely 1.1%. As regards vegetation diversity, there has as well been identified an ornithological fauna typical of the aquatic habitats existing within the study area. There were found 65 bird species, the majority being water birds (60%). From the water bird species, 63% are summer guests and nesting ones. The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a prevailing species in the area, most of its individuals nesting in Morun Lake colony. The Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), the Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) as well as all observed ducks are subdominant species. The conservation state of the flora and nesting birds within the study area enables a sustainable development.

Keywords: Aquatic plants; Cormorant; Biodiversity; Conservation.

A. Mostadi, R.W. Biara

Sustainable Development of Brownfield Site for a New Landscape Perception of an Industrial Heritage in the City of Kenadsa

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A palimpsest of heritage legacies, the city of Kenadsa superimposes the traces of the historical claim. This sedimentation of the built environments that persists in the urban landscape, tells a story and reflects a cultural blend that shapes its architectural identity. First known by its ‘zaouia’, the spiritual pilgrimage place of the believers and faithful of the saint "sidi Mohamed Ben Bouziane"; the cultural and religious attractiveness of the city of Kenadsa is hastily transposed into economic and industrial bloom following the discovery of coal making it the first bright city in Africa proliferating work for a cosmopolitan population. Today, it only bears witness to this rich history with a few fallows, including the industrial wasteland at the entrance to the city. Left to its own devices for a long time, abandoned without any positive intervention, this wasteland confers a negative perception of the post-industrial landscape. Therefore, the objective of this work is to find a way to preserve the historical and cultural value of brownfield sites, thus ensuring the sustainability of industrial sites. To do this, a documentary and then participatory historical approach will be used.

Keywords: Brownfield; Kenadsa; Coal; Industrial heritage; Sustainable development; Landscape perception

C.M. Amoah, H. Issifu, D. Tom-Dery, R. Husseini, B.N. Baatuuwie, K. Ochire-Boadu, W.J. Asante

Logging Effects of Illegal Chainsaw Milling and Conventional Logging in Krokosua Hills Forest Reserve, Ghana

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 177-186
Illegal logging is widely believed to have a greater adverse impact on the forest resource base of many countries, but field studies comparing activities of illegal loggers with their conventional counterparts are few, with some not supporting this general notion. We conducted field assessments in Krokosua Hills Forest Reserve in Juaboso district of Ghana to compare operations of illegal chainsaw millers with conventional loggers in relation to species felled, adherence to regulation on minimum felling diameter, extent of collateral damage at stump site and regard for protection of water bodies in the reserve. We found a total of 139 felled trees belonging to 17 species. Felling by Illegal chainsaw millers constituted 37.4% of total felling. 94% of all trees felled by illegal loggers were below minimum felling diameter and were mainly class 1 species with scarlet star rating (and including species regarded as depleted in Ghanaian forests). By contrast, conventional loggers felled from a wider range of species and conservation priorities with 59% of felling done below minimum felling diameter. Collateral damage at stump site was higher for conventional than illegal loggers, with damage to residual stems being mainly broken stems. Average distance of stump sites to nearest water bodies was 24.2 ± 16.7m for conventional loggers, significantly greater than distance for illegal loggers at 15.2 ± 9.7m, suggesting that illegal loggers were felling closer to water bodies. Findings in this study have important implications for forest resource conservation.

Keywords: Illegal logging; Logging damage; Diameter felling limit; Chainsaw milling; Conventional logging; Krokosua Hills forest reserve;

I.C. Moga, C. Moisescu, I.I. Ardelean, G. Petrescu, I. Voicea, B.I. Doroftei

New Biofilm Carriers for Wastewater treatment

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The present study was done to improve the wastewater treatment efficiency of the wastewater treatment plants which are found within the recirculated aquaculture systems. Initially, the research experiments were done in laboratory conditions with synthetic wastewater. The mobile bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) technology was improved by some of the authors. A new material and a new shape for biofilm carriers were proposed, realized and tested. Improvements in both wastewater treatment efficiency and the quantity of attached biofilm on the improved biofilm carriers were obtained. The capability of the MBBR to reduce the carbon and nitrogen compounds was also investigated.

Keywords: wastewater treatment; ammonia; biological oxygen demand; photosynthetic microorganisms; high density polyethylene; biofilm carriers; nitrification; denitrification

N.H.K. Raikhan, M. Ahmad Akmal, A.R. Khairul Izwan

Kinetics and Mass Balance Relationship between Laccase Pseudomonas Aeruginosa nr. 22 with substrate Bisphenol

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 197-203
The strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa NR.22 (Ps.NR.22); an extracellular laccase producer isolated from a polluted lake in Malaysia has been proved to grow very well in 1000mg/L Bisphenol A (BPA). Therefore, the kinetics of BPA utilization and bacterial growth is investigated to determine the possibility of using Ps.NR.22 as an alternative method in the bisphenol A (BPA) removal from aqueous solution and contaminated open water bodies. This study has been modelled using a shake flask system with the ability of the strain to remove about 90% of BPA; recorded after 72 hours of incubation. The kinetic parameters are verified to improve the biological removal of BPA from the environment. Effect of various parameters such as contact time, pH, temperatures, initial BPA concentrations and cell dosages has been carried out in this study. The optimum conditions for the removal of BPA within the experiment range of variables studies were 250mg/L of initial BPA concentration, 6x106 g/L of cells, pH value of 6.0 and 92 min of contact time. Under these conditions the maximum removal efficiency was 90.5% using 1000mg/L and 100% using 250mg/L BPA.

Keywords: Kinetic model; Mass balance, Substrate utilization; Pseudomonas aeruginosa NR.22; Wastewater; Laccase


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L. Rampazzi, C. Corti

Are Commercial Pigments Reliable References for the Analysis of Paintings?

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When paintings are examined by spectroscopic techniques, building a robust database is of major importance, in order to compare the analyses with reliable references and to correctly understand the results. The database, which is usually homemade, should include carefully chosen commercial pigments, which should be as pure as possible and should correspond to the expected formula or composition of the historical pigments. Unfortunately, sometimes no correspondence between the names of the pigments used by companies and the actual composition of some of the colors is ascertained. In some cases, the composition is in fact made up of different chemical compounds; in others the presence of extenders is revealed, for example gypsum and calcite. In this paper some cases studies are discussed, regarding commercial pigments analysed by infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence. The results highlighted the importance of checking the purity of commercial pigments and excluding any extraneous compounds while interpreting the results of analytical survey of paintings.

Keywords: Painting analysis; Pigments; Infrared spectroscopy; Thermogravimetry;
X-ray diffraction; X-ray fluorescence


N.A.E. Bader

Experimental Tests Used for Treatment of Disintegrated Granite in Valley Temple Of Khafre - Egypt

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 221-232
The temple Khafre in Giza plateau was built with huge stones of limestone, which is covered with red granite. Most of this granite was taken from the outside. This granitic casing has been affected by many exogenous and endogenous deterioration factors, which led to the weakness of the surface layer and the fall of large parts of it and causes of a severe damage of the stone materials. In this study we documented the weathering of these granite casing using field recording and laboratory analysis to evaluate their conservation state. Weathering and deterioration aspects noted through light optical microscope (LOM), polarizing microscope (PM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The mineralogical characterization was performed using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Energy dispersive analysis (EDX). Physical and mechanical properties of Granite were determined. The present study suggests that the most suitable treatment methods are composed of co-polymer (Acryloid B66, diluted at 5% in trichloroethylene + Wacker VB132 (Tetra Ethoxy Silane) or Estel 1000.

Keywords: Khafre temple; Granite; Deterioration; Consolidation; Acrylic; Ethoxy Silane


W.N. Wahba, A.A. Fahmi, E.S. Nagaty

The Evaluation of the Efficacy of two Magnesium Based Deacidification Methods on the Stability of Three Different Types of Papers

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The degradation and embrittlement of paper is due to the depolymerization of cellulose fibers; this is induced by acidity and oxidation. An important part of dealing with these chemically unstable materials is the neutralization of acid and deposition of a buffer reservoir to protect the fibers from introduction of acid in future. Paper deacidification is a fundamental process for achieving this goal. Any deacidification method chosen must be able to treat large numbers of items, safely, quickly and cheaply. The main goal of this paper was to investigate the effect of two deacidification solutions, which have never been used in Egypt, on the chemical and physical properties of different types of paper in order to find an alternative to Calcium hydroxide the most common deacidification method used in Egypt. Magnesium salts have been chosen to produce two deacidification methods, one of them in aqueous media, and the other in nonaqueous media; however, the magnesium has excellent deacidification properties and never have been applied in Egypt before. This paper is concerned with the Evaluation of Magnesium Bicarbonate (MBC) and Methyl Magnesium Carbonate (MMC), as neutralization agents, on the stability of paper substrate before and after accelerated ageing. Deacidification of acid paper samples (old book and newspaper) coming from wood pulp (20 century) and whatman paper samples, has been carried out with elaborate findings. Examinations and scientific analyses have been used in the assessment of treated samples, to figure out the efficacy of the two methods on the paper stability. Both methods have adequate deacidification properties; the pH value of paper has increased after deacidification. Mechanical testing and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) have proven considerable stability of mechanical and chemical properties of deacidified paper after accelerated ageing.

Keywords: Acidity; Hydrolysis; Methyl Magnesium Carbonate; Magnesium Bicarbonate; Neutralization; FT-IR; pH; Tensile strength

C. Melchiorre, S. Palmiero, G. Fatigati, A. Amoresano, G. Marino, A. Carpentieri

A Procedure for Combining the Removal and the Identification of a Patina on a 15th Century Byzantine icon

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In our paper, we report a workflow, which combines cleaning procedures and Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) for the removal and the identification of a patina from a byzantine 15th century icon representing the Virgin and Child. Our strategy suggest a convenient interaction between restoration procedures and analytical methodologies aimed at the cleaning of the surface of the artwork and the identification of unknown compounds responsible for its alteration. These informations can be very useful not only to return the colors to their original brightness but to reconstruct the story of the icon too.

Keywords: Patina; GC-MS; Solvent cleaning; Cultural heritage

E. Henin, M. Ali, E. Ciliberto, A.M. Gueli, A. Belal, S. Pasquale

Investigation and Analysis of Vintage Hand-Colored Photographs from Francis Amin's Private Collection, Egypt

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Prior to the introduction of color photographic process, the only method of producing photographs in color was to apply coloring agents by hand. Hand-colored photographs were very popular in the 1920s and they are still produced today. However, little research has been carried out to study the coloring agents used in terms of their chemical composition and how they respond to deterioration agents (i.e., temperature, relative humidity and UV radiation). The identification of pigments on hand-colored photographs is necessary to profoundly understand the material and technique used, and thus select proper conservation procedures. In many cases, the application of non-invasive techniques is mandatory since physical sampling of the art works is not possible. This study represents a research aimed at studying the hand-colored photographs and the identification of the pigments. For this purpose, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is used in detecting elements that make up the photograph and most significantly the pigments used for hand-coloring. The paper further discusses the use of multispectral imaging system as a new approach in photograph conservation field. While this technique does not provide the analytical capability that spectroscopies offer, its use has the advantage of being a rapid solution for the examination of large areas. The paper looks into another important issue of conservation which is the impact of different degradation agents on the color of the photographs. This is particularly necessary for such photographic materials since they are very sensitive to the surrounding environment. For evaluating the effect of the principal degradation agents, a group of photos was exposed to different artificial aging conditions (i.e. temperature, relative humidity and UVA). The CIELAB color coordinates (L*, a*, b*) were used to express color change.

Keywords: Hand-Colored photographic prints; Pigments; Deterioration; Color change; Artificial aging; Multispectral imaging system.

M. Jasinski

Cecco Del Caravaggio's Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. An Investigation into Caravaggisti Painting Technique and Technology

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The object of the analyses was the painting Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian from the Collection of National Musuem in Warsaw. Cecco del Caravaggio (active c.?1610 - mid-1620s), now known as Francesco Buoneri, is one of several artists who painted in the style of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Giulio Mancini in Considerazioni sulla Pittura, mentions a 'Francesco detto Cecco del Caravaggio' as one of the great master's more noteworthy followers. During analyzing the painting (the analytical light, IR, X- ray, UV, cross- sections, SEM-EDS, XRF, GC-MS, FTIR), it turned out that the artist made corrections to the composition, including the most important, changing theme of the painting. X-ray images show that under the figure of the saint there is an image of Christ at the column. Examinations show that the pigments used by the Cecco were typical 17th century earth-based pigments and similar to Caravaggio palette. A very interesting part about the palette of the Caravaggisti is the use of white: they used calcium carbonate or chalk as an extender to lead white. The research on Cecco del Caravaggio painting technique was conducted as part of an exploratory project: Technique and technology of caravaggisti paintings based on polish museum collections.

Keywords: Materials characterization; Caravaggisti; Cecco del Caravaggio;
Francesco Buoneri; Painting techniques; Baroque

H. Barakat, E. Ciliberto, S. Darwish, O. Saqr

Analytical and Experimental Study of Blemishes Formation and Preventive Conservation of Cellulose Acetate Microfilms

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 279-290

The current study is interested in evaluating the oxidation process that causing redox blemishes on processed microfilms. Images on black and white films are typically formed by metallic silver in a gelatin binder. When exposed to a combination of moisture in the environment and pollutants in the air or contaminants in the film's enclosure, this image silver will corrode. The investigation and analysis made during this work proved that the oxidation agent produced by performing the hydrogen peroxide test, influenced only the silver particles although the gelatin layer and the film base did not suffer from any oxidation. The results of FTIR-ATR showed that the base and the gelatin were affected by hydrolysis regards to the high relative humidity required for the test. Applying a sacrifice layer by sputtering coating showed good results in reducing the formation of the redox blemishes especially in the case of using copper as a sputtering target comparing to zinc for cellulose acetate film samples.

Keywords: Cellulose Acetate Microfilm; Redox Blemishes; Hydrolysis; Oxidation;
Silver Gelatin; Sputtering; Zinc; Copper


D.S. Nitiu, A.C. Mallo, L.A. Eliades, M. Garcia Santa Cruz, M.C.N. Saparrat

Fungal Monitoring in an Exhibition Room with Egyptian Mummies in the Museum of Natural Sciences of La Plata, Argentina

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 291-306
The cultural properties kept in museums are exposed to different factors that may affect the integrity. The aims of the present study were i) to determine the environmental fungal load present both inside and outside the Egyptian Room of the Museum of Natural Sciences of La Plata, Argentina, as well as inside two showcases where Egyptian sarcophagi are preserved, along a one-year monitoring, and ii) to evaluate the possible impact of temperature and relative humidity on the preservation of these mummies. The fungal load was determined by means of a volumetric air sampling methodology and the environmental variables by means of specific instruments. The fungal load found in the four sites studied was of 32843,23 CFU/m3, belonging to 21 fungal taxa, mainly to the phylum Ascomycota. The most representative were Beauveria bassiana, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium sp. and Rhodotorula sp. (as a yeast representative), were common to the four sites, showing a significant similarity between the outdoor and indoor environments. The temperature of the exhibition room and that of the two showcases were either similar or lower than the values recommended by the UNI 10829:1999 standards. In contrast, throughout the year, the relative humidity recorded was higher than the recommended values.

Keywords: Environmental monitoring; Fungal load; Cultural heritage; Egyptian mummies; Museum of La Plata; Argentina

A. Sahab, A. Mounir, O. Hanafy, S. Badie

Antifungal Activity of Some Selected Fumigants Regularly Used Against Fungi Isolated from Repository of Dar- Al-Kottob of Egypt

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 307-316

The main goal of this work was to investigate the prevalence of fungi inside a repository of Dar al-Kutub during November 2017 and the biological fungicidal and fungistatic activities of some fumigants against isolated fungi. Indoor airborne fungi ranged from 10.482 to 83.857 cfu X102. Which were seven species belonged to five genera of filamentous fungi were detected and identified. The percentage abundance of the species Aspergillus flavus (27.11%), Aspergillus niger (22.03%) and Penicillium chrysogenum (23.73%) were present in high values. On the hand, the other fungal genera could be arranged in descending order as follows: Fusarium spp. (7.63%), Trichoderma spp. (4.24%) and Alternaria spp. (3.39%). The antifungal effectiveness of three selected fumigants (phostoxin, dettol+isopropanol and paraformaldehyde) was determined. Complete reduction (100%) in the linear growth by phostoxin of all tested fungi, whereas a high growth reduction was also observed by paraformaldehyde. A potent effect was observed by dettol+isopropanol which can be arranged on descending order as follows: Penicillium chrysogenum (96.30%), Trichoderma harzianum (73.00%), A. niger (69.93%), and then F. oxysporum (55.97%). The most effective concentration was 20%, whereas the lowest levels of inhibition was observed against T. harzianum (18.87%), followed by F. oxysporum (30.30%) at conc. 5%. Dettol and isopropanol formulation as well as para-formaldehyde had a significant fungicidal activity on the growth of all tested fungi). As no growth was appeared (100% inhibition) from the fungal disc taken from plates of both fumigants against F. oxysporum, T. harzianum and P. chrysogenum. But, phostoxin showed fungistatic activity as different levels of inhibition ranged from 6.66 -73.33% were observed from discs of all fungi.

Keywords: Fumigants; antifungal; Dettol; Para-formaldehyde; Phostoxin; Dar-elkottob.


S.S. Panda, G.N. Jena, D.B. Garnayak

Characterization of Representative Ancient Potteries: Chemical, Mineralogical and Morphological Studies

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 317-326
This paper explores the characterization of six potsherd samples from Udayagiri, India. X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Scanning Electron Microscope coupled with Energy Dispersive X-ray system (SEM-EDX) were used for the determination of the mineralogical, chemical and microstructural analysis of potsherd samples. RO, R2O3 and RO2 were deduced from chemical composition data using Seger molecular formula. Present study also emphasis on the investigation of different methodical approach in terms of firing temperature, clay mineral type and tempering material in the pottery making process of that era. The uses of a siliceous or non-calcareous raw material are probably related to the specific utilization of the pottery in ancient time. The presence of specific minerals in the pottery matrix indicates the practice of local clay mineral. The flux amount reflects of higher firing temperatures, while clay composition provides the information to understand production methodology. The tempering materials in all the samples can be observed in morphological images. The obtained results also showed that non- calcareous clay minerals were used for pottery production and potsherds were firing between the temperatures from 600 to 900 C degrees.

Keywords: Ancient pottery; XRF; FTIR; SEM-EDX; Firing temperature;

S. Eskandari, S. Eskandari

Effect of Fire on Soil Physical and Biological Characteristics in Northern Forests of Iran

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 327-334
This study was performed to investigate fire effects on some soil and biologic characteristics of Northern forests of Iran. The soil characteristics included soil moisture and soil particles. The biologic characteristics included leaf litter moisture and depth, forest ground cover and fallen trees. For this purpose, 70 samples of soil and leaf litter were collected in the burned and unburned areas. The sampling method was based on random-selecting method. The soil moisture and leaf litter moisture of samples were obtained by weighing the humid and dry samples in Soil Science Laboratory. Soil particles size was measured by hydrometer method in Soil Science Laboratory. For data analysis, the mean comparison test of two statistical societies was used because data include two groups (burned area and unburned area). Thus, Independent-Sample T test was applied to investigate the significant difference of soil and biologic characteristics in the burned and unburned areas. Results showed that there was a significant relation between mean of soil moisture, clay, silt and sand percent, leaf litter moisture, leaf litter depth and ground cover in the burned and unburned areas; while there was not a significant relation between fallen trees in the burned and unburned areas in this study.

Keywords: Fire; Leaf litter; Soil moisture; Soil particles; Fallen trees; Forest ground cover

I.A. Zakarya, S.N.B. Khalib, A.V. Sandu

The Study of Different Aeration Rate Effect During Composting of Rice Straw Ash and Food Waste in Managing the Abundance of Rice Straw at Paddy Field

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The composting of rice straw ash with food waste and addition of effective microorganisms as an additive has been investigated by using the laboratory-scale of bin composter reactor at different aeration rates of 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8L/min.kg with an initial C:N ratio 30 of compost mixture. The physicochemical parameters were monitored for pH, temperature, C:N ratio and phtotoxicity in term of germination index during 30 days of composting period. The results showed the longest phase of thermophilic temperature, minimum C:N ratio and the maximum GI obtained at compost pile aerated with 0.6Lmin.kg compared to the other two aeration rate of 0.4L/min.kg and 0.8L/min.kg. In term of pH for all three treatments of compost pile, the values obtained are within a range that is acceptable for the matured compost.

Keywords: Composting; Aeration Rate; Rice Straw Ash; Food Waste

G. Deak, F.D. Dumitru, M.A. Moncea, A.M. Panait, A.G. Baraitaru, M.V. Olteanu, M.G. Boboc, S. Stanciu

Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles for Water Treatment Applications

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 343-350
Industrialization on a global scale has led to water pollution with a variety of persistent organic pollutants, highly toxic and hazardous to the living organisms and also difficult to remove with the existing wastewater treatment technologies. Various methods have been tested for removing these organic contaminants, among which nanotechnology appears to be one of the most promising approaches, as nanomaterials present larger specific surface area and particular physical, chemical and biological properties (developed due to small particle size) suitable for environmental applications. In recent years, SiO2, TiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles have been the focus of interest in the wastewater treatment investigations. In the present paper, ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized through the hydrothermal method. The concentration of the alkaline solution was varied in order to obtain ZnO nanoparticles with a high crystallinity degree. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results showed that the concentration of the alkaline solution influences the size and shape of the particles.

Keywords: Siret river; Specific geological formations; River margins' expansion and reduction; Preserving the riverbed; Course evolution; Simulation

S.K. Maharjan

Local Adaptation Plan of Action Framework and Process in the Agriculture Sector in Nepal

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 351-364
Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) is recognized as a means to mainstream climate change adaptation into the development plans at the local level. The GoN developed NAPA and climate policy prior to LAPA and currently in the process of developing NAP. The implementation of the local adaptation plans has started in western Nepal under the NCCSP. This paper analyzes the LAPA initiatives and process focusing on agriculture including assessment of local climatic contexts, vulnerabilities, adaptations and barriers. Moreover, the paper presents the adaptation cases that has enhanced the awareness and adaptive capacity at the local level. The assessments followed the qualitative research, review and analysis using the participatory and socially inclusive approach. The adaptations were analyzed for their effectiveness in enhancing the adaptive capacity of poor and vulnerable. Furthermore, the institutional mechanism suitable for the LAPA were also assessed and analyzed. The paper concludes the appropriate procedure for LAPA design along with the potential actors and their roles. This paper also suggests the appropriate local government unit (LGU) for mainstreaming adaptation into the development process at the local level in the new governance system. Furthermore, the capacities of the communities and stakeholders need to be strengthened for effective implementation.

Keywords: Climate change; Adaptation; Local; Mainstreaming; Agriculture

B. Asir, S. Sundari, J. Doss

In Vitro Multiplication of Clinacanthus Nutans (Burm.f) Lindau. - A Medicinal Plant

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 365-370
The objective of this study was to develop a rapid system for generation of the important thai medicinal plant, Clinacanthus nutans from nodal explant. Single nodal explants were inoculated on basal MS medium containing 3% (W/V) sucrose, supplemented with different concentration and combinations of 6- benzyl aminopurine (BAP), Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and indole -3 butyreric acid (IBA) for direct plant regeneration. Maximum number of shoots was observed on the medium containing 0.5 mg/L BAP after four weeks of culture. Regenerated shoots were separated and rooted on same half strength MS medium of supplemented with 1.5 mg/L alone for three weeks. Rooted plantlets were planted in sterile soil mix and gradually acclimatized to the green house environmental conditions. Hardened plantlets were maintained in the green house for the field transplantation.

Keywords: Clinacanthus nutants; MS medium; In vitro; Thai

E. Mosnegutu, V. Nedeff, C.C. Stingu (Palici), D. Chitimus, D.I. Rusu, I. Joita

Possibilities of Software Evaluation for the River Course Modification. Case Study: Siret River in Bacau Region Sector

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 371-380
The main purpose of this article is to introduce a method helping us to understand the evolution and changes that occur on a river route. Route transformations on a river flow are usually highlighted by maps or ortophotoplans. However, these are made at a certain time slot and thus they cannot reveal the factors affecting the river route. Therefore, in this article, based on three Siret river routes performed in 3 different time slots, 1954, 1980 and 2010 respectively, was intended to highlight the distribution mode of the flow velocity by using the Ansys-Fluent simulation software. Following the simulation, a series of helpful information revealed the concerned erosion areas, making thus possible the future assessment of the Siret river.

Keywords: Siret river; Specific geological formations; River margins' expansion and reduction; Preserving the riverbed; Course evolution; Simulation

F.H. Mohammad Yusop, F. Hamzah, S.F. Abdul Manaf

Characterisation and Solubility Studies on Microencapsulation of Clinachantus Nutans (Belalai Gajah) Utilizing Sago Starch

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 381-392
The present study was done to improve the wastewater treatment efficiency of the wastewater treatment plants which are found within the recirculated aquaculture systems. Initially, the research experiments were done in laboratory conditions with synthetic wastewater. The mobile bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) technology was improved by some of the authors. A new material and a new shape for biofilm carriers were proposed, realized and tested. Improvements in both wastewater treatment efficiency and the quantity of attached biofilm on the improved biofilm carriers were obtained. The capability of the MBBR to reduce the carbon and nitrogen compounds was also investigated.

Keywords: wastewater treatment; ammonia; biological oxygen demand; photosynthetic microorganisms; high density polyethylene; biofilm carriers; nitrification; denitrification

S. Chanthavong, I.E. Buot Jr.

Conservation Status of Plant Diversity at Dong Na Tard Provincial Protected Area, Lao People' Democratic Republic

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 393-4023
The conservation status of plant diversity in Dong Na Tard Provincial Protected Area (PPA) is still relatively unknown. This paper aimed to categorize and assess the threatened plants at the local level for effective park management. The current use of plants was documented using Key Informant Interviews (KIIs). There were 70 species in 33 families that were assessed. The conservation status of plant species was perceived by local people as very high importance (14.29%), high importance (62.86%), moderate importance (20%), low importance (1.43%), and very low importance (1.42%). Based on this study, all plant species were categorized as critically endangered (5.71% - CR), endangered (32.86% - EN), vulnerable (44.29% - VU), near threatened (15.71% - NT), and least concern (1.43% - LC). Data suggested an immediate need for conservation planning. Strong support for conservation programs and strict enactment of laws are imperative to address the threats to plant diversity loss.

Keywords: Dong Na Tard; Diversity; Utilization; Conservation status; Threatened species.

Publication date: 20.06.2019


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Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2019


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Research articles

M.M. Redigolo, M.V.R. Alves, I. Costa, O.V. Bustillos

A Multi-Analytical Study of Brazilian Commercial Acrylic Paint of Artistic Use

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[ Full Article - PDF ]                  pp. 405-414

Contemporary Brazilian artists worked massively with paints made in Brazil. Conservation of acrylic paints is an issue and has been studied for the past two decades. European and North American paints were studied in detail, but there is scarce information on paints produced in other countries. Therefore, it is vital to characterize Brazilian artist paint and better understand their ageing process, outlining proper conservation methodologies then. Complementary analytical techniques were employed to characterize the paint samples, namely pyrolysis gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). Results indicate that Brazilian acrylic blue paints (phthalocyanine and Prussian) are composed of polystyrene (PS) copolymers, in contrast to imported paints, mainly composed of poly(metyhl methacrylate) (PMMA) copolymers.

Keywords: FTIR; Py-GC/MS; SEM-EDS; Raman; Contemporary art; Phthalocyanine blue; Prussian blue


W.K. Elghareb

Deterioration and Consolidation of Some Pottery Vessels in Tel Ajrud, Suez, Egypt

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 415-428
Many of excavated archaeological pottery from Tel Ajrud in Suez had suffered from different phenomena of deterioration.This kind of pottery needed a consolidation process for improving physical, mechanical properties and durability of various deterioration factors. Some archaeological pottery samples were treated to evaluate some traditional and nano-silica consolidants. Pottery samples were diagnosed using Polarized Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive of X-Ray and X-Ray Diffraction Analysis. Some consolidation materials such as Paraloid B67, Wacker BS28, Nano Silica, a mixture of Nano-Silica and Wacker BS28 at a rate of 1: 1, Wacker 290Lwere laboratory evaluated. Different experiments, tests and examinations had proved poor physical structure of pottery. They also proved success and efficiency of one of selected consolidants (First: a mixture of Nano Silica and Wacker BS28 at a rate of1:1, concentration 1 %, Second: Nano Silica, concentration 1 %).These consolidants improved physical and mechanical properties. It showed resistance to thermal, light and salt accelerated artificial aging. Therefore, the research recommends using one of two consolidants for strengthening archaeological pottery excavated from Tel Ajrud in Suez.

Keywords: Pottery; Consolidation; Paraloid B67; Wacker BS28; Wacker 290L; Nano Silica; Artificial Ageing


C. Lucian

Conservation, Maintenance and Repair of the Old Boma Historic Building in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 429-440
Good conservation, maintenance and repair of historic buildings to preserve their integrity is very important in order to protect and promote built heritage. Despite this widespread agreement on the importance of maintenance and repair, many historic buildings do not receive the attention they arguably deserve in their own right. Although maintenance theory currently exists, yet the maintenance of historic buildings is always understated and is considered as a low-status. This paper therefore sheds right on the history, legal protection, values, ownership, characterization of materials (i.e. Physical properties such as bulk density and water absorption; mechanical properties such as compressive and tensile strengths and chemical properties), condition, maintenance requirements and appropriate conservation materials of one of the significant historic buildings, the Old Boma in Bagamoyo in Tanzania. The characterization of historic building materials is very important in judging the quality and capacity of the materials in order to decide which material is appropriate for conservation purpose The material's behavior of the conservation should be closely compatible with the existing ones in terms of physical and chemical properties in one unified and all-embracing approach. Indeed, the building in question calls for intensive restoration before the values attached to it are completely demised in a sad state of disrepair.

Keywords: Historic building; Heritage; Conservation; Maintenance; Restoration

N.A. Ugong, B. Bala, B.B. Basrah Bee, K. Jusoff

The Community Involvement in Sustaining an Archaeological Site: The Case of Sarawak, Malaysia

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 441-448
Community involvement in archaeological heritage management is the real opportunities of participation by the local community. The objective of this study was to assess the involvement of local community in preserving an archaeological site. Field visits was conducted to obtain an in-situ preservation while a face-to-face interview survey was also conducted with the local community and Sarawak Museum Staff. Their involvements to preserve the site were recorded. Results showed that community involvement plays a very important role when they were selected as site volunteers for different job specs. Collaboration between archaeologist, heritage managers and local community participation could help in preserving the sites as one of the Sarawak tourism products. Without the community involvement, the aesthetic value of the site will be destroyed or lost due to modernization. Future work should be conducted on other archaeological sites elsewhere to develop effective guidelines and policy involving local community participation.

Keywords: Community involvement; Archaeological research; Preservation; Sireh cave, Heritage management, Sarawak, Malaysia

S.T. Widodo, A. Purwantoro

The concept of Environmental Conservation in the Javanese Community in the 19th Century

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 449-458
Environmental conservation in the Javanese-Indonesian community in the 19th century can be understood clearly from the ancient manuscript Serat Centhini. This manuscript was written during the reign of the Surakarta King, Sunan Pakubuwana V (1757 – 1881 AD). The original manuscript, written in Javanese script, is already damaged so this research instead uses a copy of the manuscript printed in Latin script and consisting of 12 volumes, published by Yayasan Centhini in Yogyakarta between 1988 and 1992. Following a careful process of reading, classification, and interpretation, it was found that (1) Serat Centhini contains two categories of conservation, namely natural conservation and social conservation. (2) There is more description about social conservation than natural conservation. Javanese cosmology views environmental conservation as a kind of union between man and God (manunggaling kawula lan Gusti) which is the pinnacle of the life philosophy of the Javanese. (3) Serat Centhini is an encyclopaedia of Javanese culture which contains information various fields of traditional Javanese knowledge that are still relevant to the modern life of today.

Keywords: Ancient manuscript;, Serat Centhini; Suluk Tambangraras; Conservation; Java; Environment .

S. Abdelaal, I.C.A. Sandu

Assessment of Protease in Cleaning of Bat Blood Patches from Ancient Egyptian Wall Paintings and Surface Inscriptions

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 459-474
Wall paintings in ancient Egyptian tombs and temples, suffer many forms of damage. Protein-based patches is the most dangerous aspect which results from bats’ wastes. These wastes are bat blood patches that cover large areas on the surface of wall paintings. The blood patches caused distorting of the surface of Egyptian paintings, drawings and inscriptions. The aim of the present research is to clean and remove these patches using an enzyme suitable for protein digestion. A variety of different analyses were used to evaluate the use of the protease enzyme in the cleaning and removal of blood patches. The study is conducted using the infrared absorption to assess the stability of the organic medium used before and after cleaning. The study also mad use of scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy to determine the state of the surfaces of the wall paintings before and after cleaning, atomic absorption, elemental analysis units, examined by color change, to evaluate the effect of colored materials by enzyme cleaning. The results of the study confirmed the effectiveness of protease enzyme in the removal of these protein-based bat blood patches.

Keywords: Wall paintings; Cleaning; Protease; Egyptian; FTIR; SEM; Optical Microscopy

R. Narayanmugam, S. Subramaniam, P. Perumalpillai

Assessment of Strength Characteristics of a Heritage Structure - Alamparai Fort, India

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 475-484

The Alamparai Fort is a heritage site. The fort structure primarily consists of free standing tall brick walls surrounding a large area. The fort faced vagaries of adverse environment and war from 17th Century on the East Coast of Tamilnadu, India, and at present the walls are in dilapidated condition. There is a need for conservation of the structure to its past glory, which requires study on structural stability including assessment of present conditions of major materials used such as bricks and lime mortar. This study involved collection of intact brick samples without any damage but scattered on the floor; in-situ testing of intact bricks on the standing walls using non-destructive tests and carrying out laboratory testing of collected brick samples for assessment of strength characteristics. Comparison of test results with the old (heritage) and modern bricks were made such that suitable intervention could be proposed. The results show that modern bricks with similar or superior quality (color, composition, strength and matching with original bricks) could be used to a greater advantage. Further site investigations are required to assess foundation details, bearing capacity and stability calculations for each section or segment of the fort walls.

Keywords: Heritage site; Bricks; In-situ tests; Laboratory tests; Compressive strength; Non-Destructive Test; Rebound hammer test.


N.H. Nik Raikhan

Biofilm Strategy for the Streptosporangium sp. Survival in Thermo-Induction from 50 to 75 degrees C

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 485-492
Malaysian locally isolated Streptosporangium roseum FETL-88 (Sr-FETL88) survived thermo-induction from 50°C to 75°C and produced very stable biofilm formation at 75°C. Therefore, we are projecting our novel finding of the thermal-barrier-biofilm that help promoted for the cell survival. SEM has shown that Sr-FETL88 was flagellated; having biofilm formation other than producing positive black colonies on Congo Red Medium (CRM). We studied the thickness of the biofilm with temperature increment by using SEM. The thickest of biofilm formation of 2.04±0.03mm was recorded with temperature of 75°C. Biofilm components tested to reveal the highest content of EPS (55%, 5.0 X 1010cell/mL), lipid (25%, 17.8% of g/L dry weight) and various proteins (20%, 35.0g/mL). We have confirmed the findings by using ATR-FTIR spectra result. CLSM analysis of 24 hour biofilms of Sr-FETL88 grown at 75°C has been done with single section (z = 1μm) through a micro-colony growth of rod-shaped cells with the EPS stained with LPA lectin in green fluorescence. It is confirmed that the biofilm has been used by our Sr-FETL88 as a thermal-barrier to survive 75°C, a rare growth temperature for a Malaysian locally isolated species.

Keywords: Biofilm; Streptosporangium roseum; Thermo-barrier; Protein thermostability

S.G. Eblin, K.A. Anoh, A.B. Yao, N. Soro, V. Nedeff, E. Mosnegutu, A.V. Sandu

Mapping Groundwater Vulnerability to Pollution in the Region of Adiake, Southeast Coastal of Côte D'ivoire: A Comparative Study of three (3) Methods

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 493-506

This study aims to map the vulnerability to groundwater pollution in the region of Adiaké subjected of intense agricultural activities. The application of intrinsic vulnerability methods (DRASTIC and SINTACS) gives high vulnerability in the South while the Susceptibility Index (SI) shows a potentially high (40%) and very high (60%) vulnerability across the region. The superposition of nitrate concentrations in groundwater and vulnerability classes gave a high coincidence rate (71.74%) with the susceptibility index. The very low margins of error: 1.52% (SI), 2.35% (SINTACS) and 2.90% (DRASTIC) prove that the applied methods are reliable; the SI method is the most appropriate and, DRASTIC and SINTACS are in phase with DRASTIC overestimating vulnerability.

Keywords: Adiaké; Cartography; Côte d’Ivoire; Intrinsic vulnerability methods, Susceptibility Index


A.T. Subadyo, D. Poerwoningsih

Preservation of Tengger Tribe Yard Landscape in the Enclave of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 507-518
The Tengger Settlement in Ngadas and Ranu Pani villages is a unique settlement as a part of BromoTengger Semeru National Park (BTSNP). But the conversion of its land has become a problem in the management and can threaten the existence of its yard. This study aims to analyze the facade of the yard, as well as formulate its preservation model based on Tengger cultural wisdom. The research method applied in this study is rationalistic approach of quantitative and qualitative mix. Data were collected by applying explorative survey methods and interviews. Index of cultural significance from Turner is employed in analyzing the utilization of plant species quantitatively. The result indicates that yard performances in these two villages are categorized into narrow and medium size, with an average area of 104 m2. Back and side zones are functioned as cultivation of food crops, horticultures, herbs, spices and starches (carbohydrate sources). Plants of strata I and II dominate the yards of these villages and correlate with the carrying capacity of narrow garden yards. The management of the yard in Ngadas and Ranu Pani villages through the conservation and realization of local wisdom has great potential in the preservation of the BTSNP landscape.

Keywords: Yard; Ngadas; Ranu Pani; Conservation; Landscape

S.R. Mishra, N. Mohan

Seasonal Variation of Prey Density in Similipal Tiger Reserve, Odisha, India

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 519-524
A 3 day transect line survey was conducted in May 2016 and November 2016 in 75 transect lines covering core area over entire landscape of 1194.75 sqkm2 of similipal Tiger reserve (STR) for relative abundance of prey species. During survey period prey species were encountered along the transect lines like sambar, chital, Barking deer, wild pig, common langur, Rhesus macaque, Indian gaur, Giant squirrel, pea fowl, Hare and Elephant. In Pre-Monsoon over all 32.7±4.32SE/km2 prey population was estimated in Similipal Core division.Simillarly in Post-Monsoon over all 37.3±2.3SE/km2 was estimated in Similipal Core division.Continous prey population monitoring is going on in Similipal Tiger Reserve which may indicates the rising of prey populations in the tiger reserve.

Keywords: Transects; Prey populations; Density; Similipal tiger reserve; Odisha

M.A. Jameel, S. Tabassum, S. Mehmood, T. Shah, M.F. Khan, M. Kabir, M.N. Awan

Does Trophy Hunting of Kashmir Markhor Really Contributing in its Conservation?

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 525-532
Markhor Capra falconeri, the national animal of Pakistan, is globally recognized as endangered. The current study was conducted to find the population size, structure and the contribution of trophy hunting in conservation and development of Kashmir Markhor (Capra falconeri cashmiriensis) in Kiagah valley Kohistan. Point count method was used to collect data during February 2016 and 2018. The population recorded was 213 and 291 individuals in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Out of 213 individuals, 12 were adult male, 57 were female, while Young males (between age of 3 to 7 years) were 28, Yearlings (both male and female between 1 to 3 year) were 59, Kids (less than 1 year) were 33 and 40 were unknown (Markhor could not be classified by age and sex). The total density/Km2 area in 2016 was 4.438 individuals/km2 and average sex and age wise ratios; male to female ratio (M*: F**) was 1:4.75 and kids to female (K*****: F**) ratio was 1:1.727. While out of 291 individuals, 19 were adult male, 95 were female, while Yong males (between age of 3 to 7 years) were 51, Yearlings (both male and female between 1 to 3 year) were 64, kids (less than 1 year) were 50 and 12 were unknown (Markhor could not be classified by age and sex) individuals. The total density/Km2 area in 2018 was 6.063 individuals/km2 and Average sex and age wise ratios; male to female ratio (M*: F**) was 1:5 and kids to female (K*****: F**) ratio was 1:1.9. Study concluded that community-based trophy hunting program has helped much in improving the conservation and management of Markhor.

Keywords: Markhor; Population size; Trophy; Vantage point; Kiagah valley

M.H.I. Al Muhdhar, F. Rohman, M.N. Tamalene, W.S. Nadra,
A. Daud, Bahtiar, H. Irsyadi

Local Wisdom-Based Conservation Ethics of Tabaru Traditional Community on Halmahera Island, Indonesia

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 533-542
Natural preservation is closely related to cultural identity, religious spiritual values, and recreational activities that give contribution to the life quality of human population. Local community uses shared resources and responsible for environmental changes occurred in their surroundings. The research aims to analyze religious and cultural-based conservation practices affecting the biodiversity preservation. The research finds that Tabaru traditional community had local knowledge related to bio natural resources conservation ethics, especially plants, by using religious-based cultural control. Three methods were found: Sasi, Kasse tanda and Cincang. The conservation values of Sasi method are religious-based plant protection, utilization, and management. The community believes that if Sasi posited in their farm, God will protect and increase their farm yield and reduce various diseases attack. Kasse tanda in the tradition of Tobaru traditional community is practiced aiming at improving the number of fruits and enlarge their size. In addition, Kasse tanda method could repel pests, for example pest that will damage the vegetative organs of plant, such as leaves and stems, and generative organs, such as flowers, fruits, and seeds. Cincang method is stem incision method. The method is functioned to reduce coconut bud rot and nutfall diseases. The method is very effective and practiced up to now. Strategies to maintain Tabaru traditional community’s local wisdom to protect biodiversity were: 1) integrating local cultural education in school curriculum, and 2) create a social engineering in form of custom rules thus maintain positive local culture.

Keywords: Conservation ethics; Religion; Culture; Tabaru traditional community.

U.H. Goursi, A. Mehmood, M. Sajid, M. Kabir

New Distribution Records and Challenges to the Conservation of Indian Rock Python in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 543-554
The aim of the study was to document the new distribution record and challenges to the conservation of Indian rock python (Python molurus molurus) in and around District Mirpur and Bhimer, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The data on sighting records, distribution, and threats to Indian rock python were collected through a consecutive sampling method using questionnaire during July 2014 to October 2015. During the recent study, a total of 30 new distribution locations were recorded for Indian rock python in and around Deva Vatala National Park. Major threats faced by Indian rock python in and around the park were mainly fear of local communities (42.3%) followed by roadside killings (16.2%), habitat degradation (15.4%), illegal trade for their fine skin (14.6%), and lack of awareness (11.5%). Majority of local people (41%) believed that they see Indian rock python less frequently as compared to past whereas, (35%) believe that its sighting has been increased during past few years while (24%) had no idea about increase or decrease of sightings. Maximum adult male (66%) sightings were reported by locals in the open area (68.75 %), and during the month of August (34.37 %). Shepherds were major group responsible for causing threats to Indian rock python (43.8%) followed by hunters (20.8%), farmers (16.2%), drivers (10.8%), and shopkeepers (8.5%). According to our findings (68%), people did not like Indian rock python whereas, (21%) people liked Indian rock python, while a little proportion of people (11%) neither like or dislike it. Majority of people (50%) thought that Indian pythons should not be conserved whereas, (42.3%) believed that it should be conserved but there should be compensation scheme to cover for livestock losses, while (7.7%) did not supported either conservation or exploitation. The results of this study will be helpful in national action planning as well as global action planning for the conservation of Indian rock python.

Keywords: Indian Rock Python, New distribution, Threats, Conservation, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

A. Kustanti

Institutional Management on Mangrove Forest. A Case from Indonesia

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 555-564
The purpose of this research was to identify the institutional differences of mangrove management according to the characteristics of the mangrove, the role of the stakeholders, and the implementation of related regulations. The sampling method used was snowball sampling on East Lampung Regency and Pesawaran Regency; thus, the data analysis method used was Institutional Analysis Development (IAD). The results showed that there were different management methods for mangrove sustainability, depending on its characteristic (Kajapah and Kahayan type), the stakeholders involved based on their interest and the regulations used. The mapping of the stakeholder role depends on the interaction of the stakeholder, resource characteristics, and the regulation used. On Kajapah type there were: i) the University of Lampung, the community around the forest, the local government, the Watershed Management Agency, and the Forestry District of Province as the key players; and ii) the Agency of National Agrarian, Electronic and Print Media, and NGOs as crowds, with the community being the University of Lampung. In the Kahayan type, there were: i) community, fishery and marine district as the crowd matrix; and ii) the Planning and Development Agency, the Forestry District, and the Environmental Agency as the key players.

Keywords: Kajapah; Kahayan; Mapping stakeholder; Regulation; Institutional Analysis Development

D.D. Feleha, S.T. Fakana

Community Composition, Abundance and Major Conservation Threats of Bird Fauna of South of Omo National Park, Ethiopia

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 565-574
A research on the community composition, Abundance and major conservation threats of Bird Fauna of South of Omo National Park, Southern Ethiopia was conducted for dry and wet seasons at 2013. The study area was stratified based on vegetation (Riverine Forest land (RFL), Grass land (GL), and Bush land (BL)). To collect data systematic sampling was used. A total of 107 species were recorded in wet season and 97 in dry season these species belonging to 16 orders and 52 families. Both the number of species (85 species) and abundance (7882 birds) was found to be high in BL. There was a significant difference in the mean abundance of birds among various habitats (F2, 181 = 3.419, P<0.05). The interference of local community has had the impact on avian species. Habitat based avifaunal management involving participation of Woreda and Zonal Government is recommended for sustainable conservation of the resources of Omo National Park avian.

Keywords: Species composition; Abundance; Threat; Riverine Forest land (RFL);
Grass land (GL); Bush land (BL)

S.R. Patil, S.S. Patil

Insight to the Spatial Distribution of Amphibians at Major Wetlands and Associated Ecosystems of Western Ghats from Maharashtra, India

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 575-586
Present study was emphasized to reveal the comparative status of amphibian diversity at five major wetlands and their adjoining ecosystems from Ajara tahsil of Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India. Diversity of amphibians was analyzed by using standard methods as prescribed by standard literature. In deep, diversity attributes like Whittekar’s B - diversity, diversity indices such as Shannon (H), Simpson (1-D), Dominance (D) and Shannon’s evenness indices; Individual rarefication curve and Renyi’s Diversity Profile were estimated so as to compare diversity status among studied wetlands. The results of present investigation divulged that total 22 species of amphibians belonging to 17 genera and 7 families were recorded. On the basis of this Gavase and Dhanagarmola wetlands were found rich in the diversity. However, Statistical analysis revealed that Gavase and Dhanagamola wetlands have similar ecological conditions, hence, amphibian diversity status was noted similar to each other. On the other hand, due to high anthropological activities, Yarandol and Ningidage wetlands exhibited poor amphibian diversity. Comparatively, Khanapur wetland has an average diversity status.

Keywords: Amphibian diversity; Wetlands; Whittakar’s B-diversity; Diversity indices; Individual rarefiction curve; Reyni’s profile.

Review articles
S. Singh

Importance of Seagrasses: A Review For Fiji Islands

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 587-602
Seagrasses form large meadows along coastlines of every continent except Antarctica and have an estimated value of 151.4 billion USD in the Melanesian region. Seagrasses provide vital functions such as preventing coastal erosion, improving water quality, capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere. Globally, seagrasses have declined in area by approximately 29% since the beginning of the 20th century, and the rate of decline is speeding up. Scientists attribute seagrass decline to poor water quality caused by pollution in run-off, especially nutrients and sediments that are washed down rivers and into coastal habitats. Seagrass habitats are far less studied than other marine ecosystems like coral reefs, and detailed information about them in the Pacific Islands is lacking. Their nearshore location makes seagrasses highly vulnerable to human-induced disturbances, especially impacts related to human population increase such as urban expansion, water course alteration and increased loading of sediments, pollutants and algal generating nutrients. Therefore, this review wishes to highlight their functions, threats, habitat loss consequence, policy gaps, and raise awareness for seagrasses. Effectively managing seagrass ecosystems in the Fiji Islands requires: significant improvement in awareness of this natural resource and understanding issues such as ecosystem resilience, run-off, and effective catchment management strategies.

Keywords: Coastal; Seagrass; Run-off; Urban expansion; Catchment management

Publication date: 15.09.2019


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Research articles

G. Montana, L. Randazzo, C. Blasetti Fantauzzi

Archaeometric Characterization of Late Archaic Ceramic from Erice (Sicily) Aimed to Provenance Determination

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[ Full Article - PDF ]                  pp. 605-622

A set of 20 ceramic samples was autoptically selected from the numerous findings recovered from the stratigraphic excavations of the late Archaic city walls of Erice (western Sicily), in order to be analyzed with archaeometric techniques for provenance determination. The excavations were recently carried out as part of a research project funded by the Freie Universiät Berlin and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Specifically, the ceramic material consists of tableware with a painted geometric decoration of presumed local/regional production, as well as apparently imported black-glazed pottery. Both the categories can be traced back to a chronological period between the second half/last quarter of the 6th and the beginning of the 5th century BC. The methodological approach was aimed to the characterization of the ceramic pastes in terms of relative abundance, size distribution and mineralogical composition of the aplastic inclusions by the observation of thin sections with the polarizing microscope. The objective of the microscopic observations consisted in verifying the existence of textural and/or mineralogical analogies to be ascribed to the same clayey raw material and, consequently, to the same production centre. The chemical analyses of the same set of ceramic samples were carried out using the ICP-OES and ICP-MS techniques (55 elements in total). The aim of chemical analyses was to verify the adequacy of the petrographic classification and identify any chemical marker useful for provenance determination. All the analyzed samples of painted ceramic with geometric decoration have consistent compositional and textural characteristics, to the point of considering their assignment to a single ‘paste group’. Specifically, it was found the use of very peculiar clay rich in calcareous bioclasts among the included aplastic and relatively poor in quartz and mica. The production, well distinguishable from those to date already attested in western Sicily, could be local. Concerning samples taken from the ceramic fragments decorated with black glaze, the evidence derived from mineralogical-petrographic observations and chemical analyses help confirm their importation from extra-insular production centres, specifically from the Attic region. The Ca-poor paste and the peculiar concentration of many trace elements such as Cr, Ni, Co, As, Pb, Zn, Cu, Sc, Be, V, Ga, Ge, Sn, Tl in the ceramic body strongly support this hypothesis.

Keywords: Erice; Sicily; Ceramic archaeometry; Archaic painted pottery with geometric decoration; Attic black-glazed pottery.


L. Shumka

Comparison of Indoor Climate Features Following Different Climate Guidelines in Conservation Examples of Selected Churches in Albania

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 623-630
Recommendations for relative humidity and temperature in different buildings of cultural heritage were initially developed from practical surveys on the interaction between works of art and the surrounding environment with its climatic features. Nowadays there are different approaches in terms of conservation of cultural heritage, while a specific European standardization activity in this field of conservation is essential to acquire a common unified scientific solution to the problems relevant to the cultural property. The cultural heritage monuments are exposed to weather and influence of various environmental parameters. Physicals, chemicals and biological factors interact with constitutive materials inducing changes both in its compositional and structural characteristics. A certain aspect of matter transformation is due to the metabolic activity connected with the growth of living organisms. A scientific approach is essential for the conservation of cultural heritage as a preliminary basis that will ensure effective planning of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance works, as well to assure their efficacy and durability. The scope of EN 15757:2010 is to establish standards in the field of the processes, practices, methodologies and documentation of conservation of tangible cultural heritage to support its preservation, protection and maintenance and to enhance its significance. In this paper we are focused on standardization on the characterization of deterioration processes and environmental conditions for cultural monuments in Albania (both church and mosque, primarily, but not only), with regard to indoor environmental climate conditions (temperature, relative humidity) very helpful with regards of conservation, restoration, repair and maintenance. Three old churches of St. Marry of Zvernec, St. Marry in Bishqethem Lushnja, dedicated to Christ’s ascension, and the St. Nicola Church in Shelcan Elbasan with its spectacular interior completely covered with frescoes by Onufri that belongs to 15th century were considered as case study within current paper.

Keywords: Cultural heritage; Indoor climate; Conservation; Church; EN 15757:2010


T.E. Mebarka, A. Abdessemed-Foufa

Conservation and Enhancement of the 19-20th Century Architecture, Case of the Historic Center of Tebessa in Algeria

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 631-642
Like other cities in the Maghreb, Algerian cities have an architectural and urban heritage that belongs to the colonial period (19th / 20th century), and occupy an important place in the national real estate.This specific study deals with the historic center of Tebessa in Algeria, an example of a large urban and architectural stratification, the last layer dates back to 1842-1962 (period of French colonization). This legacy, however, remains unknown and ignored as heritage and it is in a state of constant degradation, despite its great heritage value. This worrisome situation of negligence prompts us to raise the following questions: How can we revalue this heritage? What is the place of colonial architecture in Algerian heritage legislation? The aim of this paper is to determine the value and importance of this heritage through a dual perspective of knowledge and recognition. Therefore, a descriptive methodology was selected to express what the land of Tebessa offers us as an architectural variety of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in terms of value and state of conservation, we crossed it with the historical sources in order to elaborate the heritagization process of this built heritage.

Keywords: Tebessa; Conservation; 19th and 20th century; Colonial heritage.

O.V. Fomina

Alabaster Sculpture St. Hyacinthus’s Madonna. Problems of Attribution and Restoration

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 643-652
This article presents an art analysis of the alabaster sculpture “St. Hyacinthus’s Madonna”, which is now stored in the Lviv Museum of History of Religion. The paper addresses the issues of composition, style and proportional alignment. Comparative, compositional and proportional analysis were used to fulfil the outlined tasks. A method of visual examination was used to describe a conservation state of the sculpture. A hypothesis that this artwork belongs to the Romanesque period was developed on the basis of the carried-out analysis. A restoration programme was worked out. In addition, the article describes the problems of alabaster sculpture conservation. Own graphic materials are given: reconstruction and cartogram of losses, construction of linear composition. Conclusions concerning the problems of attribution and restoration were made based on the carried-out study. Besides, the article recommends further technological examination of this cultural property.

Keywords: St. Hyacinthus’s Madonna; Alabaster; Sculpture; Attribution; Restoration problems.

M. Nabialek, B. Jez

The Impact of Additional Losses in Amorphous Transformer Cores on Vibrations - In the Context of Protection and Conservation of Exhibits and Historical Objects

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 653-660
Modern materials are increasingly used, directly or indirectly, in the protection of monuments. Electrical equipment is used in all laboratories, where monuments are subjected to conservation or restoration. Transformers are included in most of these electrical devices; and, in museums and laboratories, there are also distribution transformers. In these transformers, idling losses (also known as ‘transformer core losses’), play a major role in relation to significant changes in load. Materials in which magnetostriction occurs are commonly used to manufacture transformer cores. During the magnetization of the magnetic core of the transformer, there is a change in its dimensions, resulting in the formation of mechanical waves; these waves propagate, both in the air (giving the characteristic sound of a transformer in operation - with significant intensity for large installations), and also in the building structure - through fixtures installed in the ground and walls. High magnetostriction of the core material also creates significant releases of heat - which should be removed, so as not to damage the stored exhibits. Electrical devices usually work at low frequencies of 50 Hz - which causes the formation of waves of considerable wavelengths in the building structure. The suppression of these waves is problematic, and even at low amplitudes, in the long-term such waves can cause plastic deformation or fatigue of the materials from which exhibits are made, hence resulting in their gradual degeneration. Using a carefully selected chemical composition and an amorphous structure, material properties can be modeled in such a way as to obtain a material with almost zero magnetostriction. In addition, changes in chemical composition can lead to the reduction of losses on remagnetization; i.e. the reduction of energy consumption and the associated release of adverse heat. One of the components of losses due to magnetization is that of ‘additional losses’. As part of this work, amorphous samples of two alloys, Fe60Co10Y8Ni2B20 and Fe60Co10Y7Ni3B20, were produced using injection casting method. Dynamic performance tests were carried out on the manufactured materials using a Ferrometer. Based on the loss measurements, additional losses were determined in relation to the maximum induction. The relationship between the percentage share of additional losses and the maximum induction was found for both of the examined alloys.

Keywords: X-ray diffractionș Low-frequency mechanical waves core losses; Additional losses

S. Abdelaal, R. Yamani, M. Abdel-Fatah, I.G. Sandu

Salt Weathering of Imni Tomb. Problem Identification and Characterization

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 661-680
Imni Tomb is one of the most important tombs in Lisht, which was called Ist tawy in ancient Egyptian language. It is located about 60 km south west of the Egyptian capital Cairo, its history dating back to the Middle Kingdom that included two phases, the 11th Dynasty and the 12th Dynasty between 2050 to 1710 B.C. El-Lisht was investigated in 1882 by Egyptologist Gaston Maspero. The tomb suffered from salt weathering. The salt crystals can be seen clearly and starkly in the form of thick crust on the exposed surface of the tomb limestone and on the painted inscriptions. It led to losing some inscriptions and damaging others. Crystallized salts appeared in several forms; fluffy, needle, prismatic and cubic form. This proposal aimed to study the action of salts in Imni tomb, through studying the types of salts, the building materials and the nature of bed rock surrounding the tomb. types of salts formed were investigated to identify their origin, source and the crystallization process as well as studying the quality of building materials in the tomb, the bedrock to see the impact of salt weathering on them, and to determine the root causes of the problem and to develop a proposal for treatment and conservation. This study was carried out by using a variety of methods of analysis and examination. Physical properties of the building materials of Tomb. Generally, the results indicated that Calcite (CaCO3) was the main component of the Imni tomb and Halite (NaCl) was the main crystalized salt on the surface. The main source of these salts is the mother rock, where the salts are present in abundance and density. Salts crystallization in-between the minerals grains or below the exterior surface was the main cause of deterioration the exterior polish surface of the limestone blocks and what they had of painted inscriptions.

Keywords: Egypt; El-Lishet.; Imni Tomb; Salt weathering; XRD; XRF; Polarizing Microscopy

H. Tawalbeh, M. Al-Naamneh, W. Al Sekhaneh, W. Hwari

The Role of Cultural Heritage Resources Conservation in Educational Textbooks of Social and National Education in Basic Stage in Jordan

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 681-688

This study seeks to investigate the role of Jordanian educational curricula in promoting and preserving the various forms of Jordanian cultural heritage. By adopting the approach of content analysis, it primarily examines the textbooks of the subject “social and national education” for the grades 4-10 in the Basic Education Stage to evaluate their role in educating students about cultural heritage and raising their awareness of its value. The study reveals that the textbooks under investigation have failed to educate students about how to deal with their cultural heritage and how to preserve it, particularly against the various threats and abuses that endanger it. This demonstrates the urgent need to integrate heritage education in school curricula as a significant pedagogical force in order to enhance and enrich students’ understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage.

Keywords: Cultural heritage; Education; Social and national textbooks; Jordan


V. Luca, O. Corbu, I. Sandu, I. Bucur

Rimetea, an Example of a Traditional Village from Romania

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 689-700
Following the Roural Group’s fields study for Romanian Rural Arhitectural Guides, it was found that the main issues of the villages are the lack of jobs and an appropriate educational system. The village of Rimetea (Alba County) has an ascendant trajectory: its development, started in 1996, brought a lot of benefits in terms of tourism, economy, social and cultural life; for 23 years, the coordinators of the traditional Rimetea’s settlement rehabilitation project have carried out a hard work having a big goal: raising awareness among the locals regarding their architectural heritage. In 2000, Rimetea was already in an architectural protected area. This is not the only evolutionary moment of the village, because between the 15th and the 18th centuries, Rimetea becomes a settlement by the number of blacksmiths and demographics. As a conclusion, today Rimetea should be a role model village with jobs and a good level of education, but the field study shows that there is an essential thing missing: the lack of youth (the workforce)- the future! They have the duty to carry on the spirit of the place. With decreasing natural growth, the current population is represented by the aging population (>70 years) in a 60%-70% range. In this direction, warning signs must be issued.

Keywords: Rimetea; Rehabilitation; Rural; Village; Future; Natural growth; Demographics

A. Gunawan, F.M. Edison, W.Q. Mugnisjah, F.N.H. Utami

Indonesian Cultural Landscape Diversity: Culture-Based Landscape Elements of Minangkabau Traditional Settlement

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 701-710

Indonesia is an archipelago country that has high diversity in the form of biodiversity, cultural diversity, as well as the diversity of landscape visual characters. These diversities are interrelated to each other and form a tropical character of Indonesian traditional landscape. Minangkabau is one of the largest tribes that is well known for its rumah gadang (big house). The houses were culturally arranged into an attractive traditional settlement. The settlement was constructed by elements that support Minangkabau people’s lives. Those elements need to be appointed through research based on local culture. Purpose of the research was to study culture-based elements of Minangkabau traditional settlement landscape. The research site was located in Jorong Pariangan, Tanah Datar Regency, West Sumatra. The research used a descriptive method by using content analysis for custom manuscripts and interview results that contain elements of the settlements. The results show, there are twelve elements grouped into four basic elements: houses, mosque, surau, gelanggang (arena), medan nan bapaneh, cemetery, main road, tapian, river, forest, mixed garden, and ricefield. Minangkabau people activities accomodated by the elements were working, worshipping, learning, mastering self-defense, socializing, family care, recreation, cultural festival, funeral, and making judgment.

Keywords: Vernacular; Rumah gadang; Pariangan; Design concept; Landscape Pattern; Local wisdom


Sundari, A. Mas’ud, E.L. Arumingtyas, L. Hakim, R. Azrianingsih, D. Wahyudi

Taxonomical Status of Local Durian (durio spp.) from Ternate Island North Maluku Base on Morphological Character and Geographical Factor

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 711-720
Ternate Island has high variations of durian (Durio spp.). In the area, durian has many vernicular names as well as phenotypic differences. Currently, information about genetic diversity and taxonomical status has not enough yet. This research first reported the taxonomical status of local durian from Ternate. This study aimed to investigate and identify of species that have not been identified in order to taxonomical position be clearly. The results revealed that the taxonomical status of local durian (Durio spp.) in Ternate island can be grouped as species Durio zibethinus Murr and have distribution pattern spread in lowland. Durian pondak (T17) is know that the ancestor of the local durian from Ternate. Durian Afo (T22) and durian Moya (T23) are know that the highest similarity of morphological character. These three local durians are the native durian from Ternate. The phenomenon of anomaly for D zibethinus Murr. from Ternate have lowland hotspot with coastal environmental factors. In generally D zibethinus Murr can grow well in the highlands this is different for native Durio spp from Ternate island.

Keywords: Taxonomical status; Durio spp; Native; Sinaphomorphy; Ternate

O. Imarhiagbe, E.I. Aigbokhan

Studies on Thonningia Sanguinea Vahl. (balanophoraceae) in Southern Nigeria. RANGE and Host Preference

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 721-732
Studies on the host-parasite relationship are intrinsically linked with the nature of parasitic plants. No such records have been recorded for Thonningia sanguinea (Balanophoraceae), a rare, cryptic, obligate holoparasitic plant endemic to tropical Africa. This study reports on its host range and preference in Southern Nigeria. Its presence and current distribution ranges were plotted from reconnaissance surveys conducted across selected forested areas in Southern Nigeria, comprising, national parks, forest reserves, and community-managed forests. To detect specific hosts, soil excavation leading from parasite to host was conducted. The results showed a broad host range with a special preference for native trees and members of the Euphorbiaceae and Urticaceae. Among the common host trees were: Guarea cedrata (Meliaceae), Lophira alata (Ochanaceae), Musanga cecropiodes (Urticaceae), Myrianthus arboreus (Urticaceae), and Ricinodendron heudelotii (Euphorbiaceae). Only Hevea brasiliensis and Theobroma cacao were of exotic origin. Lophira alata was the most susceptible infected host plant with a percentage infestation rate of 28.77, while Musanga cecropiodes had the highest percentage occurrence as host with 31.57 %. This finding could have significant implications on the conservation status of the plant, which accounting for current IUCN status is Not Evaluated (NE). In situ conservation is however recommended.

Keywords: Parasitic plant; Cryptic; Host range; Conservation; Thonningia sanguinea

D. Adom

Dietary Taboos as a Means of Ethnic and Place Identity of the Bono People of Ghana: Indirect Cultural Practices for the Conservation of Fauna Species

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 733-748
This study explored the dietary taboos of the Bono people in four selected communities in the Techiman Municipality of Ghana. Arguments from the symbolist and materialist perspectives are presented in the paper within the framework of the Durkheimian theory of sacralization. Qualitative empirical data from 85 purposively sampled participants consisting of traditional chiefs, traditional priests, elderly residents and park officers in the Wildlife Division (Forestry Commission) of Ghana formed the basis of the study. Personal interviews, Focus Group Discussions and non-participant observation under the phenomenology research method were the means of data collection which were analysed thematically. The symbolist perspective of the study revealed the socio-cultural significance of the dietary taboos as markers of ethnic and place identities of the Bono people. The materialist perspective argued the ecological benefits of the dietary taboos in maintaining the buoyancy of the ecology and ensuring the conservation of fauna diversities in the region. The study concludes that dietary taboos hold high potentials as behavioural control mechanisms for regulating the attitudes of people towards the resources in the environment. Also, traditional authorities in local regions could be used as regulatory bodies in ensuring the implementation of environmental conservation programs by the environmental agencies.

Keywords: Dietary taboos; Ethnic identity; Fauna diversity; Bono people; Conservation; Culture; Place identity; Theory of sacralization

S. Withaningsih, Parikesit, J. Iskandar, D.M. Prawiradilaga

Conservation and Management Strategies for the Sustainability of Raptors in a Human-Modified Landscape

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 749-762
Raptors are indicators of biodiversity, environmental health and habitat quality because of their sensitivity to human disturbance and environmental contamination. Nest site selection can have important nesting success consequences in raptors. In relation to this, a spatial analysis was undertaken to assess the relationship between landscape structure and the presence of predator nests in the human-modified landscape of Panaruban and Telaga Warna, West Java, Indonesia. The methods used in the study were qualitative (descriptive analysis) and quantitative (using Fragstats v.2.0). The study employed four circular buffers at distances of 250, 500, 750 and 1000m around each nest tree in order to analyse the relationship between raptor nest occurance and landscape structure. The results showed that the landscape of Panaruban and Telaga Warna is a mosaic consisting of natural and artificial vegetation of different structures. The four species of raptors identified were the Javan hawk eagle (Spizaetus bartelsi), the changeable hawk eagle (Spizaetus. cirrhatus), the crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) and the Indian black eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis), which tend to select nesting sites that have alow degree of landscape contrast for a distance of 250m around the nest. In terms of landscape complexity, however, there were no great differences among the nesting sites at a distance of 250m. The edge density around the Indian black eagle nest was higher than for the other nests at distance of 250–1000m. Characteristic differences in nest site selection may be due to landscape structure at different scales around the nest. Certain management strategies should be undertaken, step by step, in order to maintain the sustainability of the raptor population and, at the same time, contribute positively to the local people living in the human-modified landscape in Panaruban and Telaga Warna.

Keywords: Landscape; Nesting site; Raptor conservation; Spatial analysis; Sustainability

A. El Harim, E. Cherkaoui, M. Khamar, A. Nounah

The Impact of the Depollution Project on the Quality of the Estuarine Ecosystem of Bouregreg (Morocco Atlantic Coast)

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 763-772
On the Moroccan Atlantic coast, the Bouregreg estuary, known as a site of biological and ecological interest due to its great diversity of flora and fauna, has never ceased to cope with the numerous anthropic disturbances. In the context of environmental protection, a depollution project for the Bouregreg estuary and the coastline was launched in 2006. Present study proposes to evaluate the impact of eight years of depollution project estuary of Bouregreg, on the quality of its three components: water, sediment and benthic macrofauna. For this, six companions of studies of the benthic macrofauna were conducted along the Bouregreg estuary (8 study stations). In parallel, a follow-up of the characteristics of water: physicochemical (dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, BOD5, nitrates, orthophosphates, organic matter, mineral matter), bacteriological (faecal coliforms and fecal streptococci) and edaphic (granulometry and heavy metals) a been carried out during the four seasons of 2014-2015.

Keywords: Benthic macrofauna; Bacteriological; Bouregreg estuary; Depollution project; edaphic; Physicochemical parameters

R.P. Varela, J.R. Cayomo, R.A. Vanzuela, C.R.R. Millan

Plant Species Growing in Lateritic Soil with Ornamental Potential for Mined Land Rehabilitation

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 773-780
Mine rehabilitation planning involves identifying plant species that can survive in the lateritic soil which is rich in nickel and iron but poor in the major nutrients. Thus plant species growing in the disturbed and undisturbed areas of the nickel mine were assessed. Thirty different species in the disturbed and undisturbed areas were identified and found to be highly tolerant of soil rich in nickel and iron content. Pteridium aquilinum, Saccharum spontaneum, and Imperata cylindrica were the most dominant species in the area based on presence in the various elevations of the mine site. The plant analysis, however, revealed Crypteronia paniculata and Leucosyke capitellata to have the highest content of nickel and iron. These two species have potentials for use as ornamental plants. These species can, therefore, be integrated into the mine rehabilitation program for eco-restoration and livelihood among people in the host communities.

Keywords: Mine rehabilitation; Ornamental plants; Laterite; Mined land; Ecosystem restoration

L. Dinca, G. Murariu, C. Iticescu, M. Budeanu, A. Murariu

Norway Spruce (picea abies (l.) karst.) Smart Forests from the Southern Carpathians

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 781-790
A The study begins with a complete analysis of the entire Norway spruce stands (36.183) from the Southern Carpathians. The main characteristics of these stands were analyzed, followed by a classification of their characteristics on favorability classes (from 1 to 5, from the lowest to the highest) based on their framing within the smart forest category. This classification has taken into account both the stand growing characteristics (diameter, height, volume, current growth), as well as some stand qualitative traits (lopping, vitality), forest functions (production/protection subunit, functional group and category) or site characteristics (flora, soil, forest type, station type). This is the first time when stands were classified based on their general adaptability character towards environment conditions, quantifying the notion of smart forests. The most representative Norway spruce smart forests are spread out in Retezat, Ierului, Șureanu and Piatra Craiului Mountains, at altitudes between 1000-1300 meters, on shaded expositions, dystric cambisol soils, in stands aged between 90 and 150 years. The participation percentage of Norway spruce in the stand composition and the field’s inclination does not influence the apparition of spruce smart forests. The usage of the term “smart forest” and the classification of stands in this category is a scientific and practical activity for the future.

Keywords: Smart forest; Stand; Stand growth; Forest functions; Site characteristics

F.F. Sukatis, N.M. Noor, N.A. Zakaria, A.Z. Ul-Saufie, A. Suwardi

Estimation of Missing Values in air Pollution Dataset by Using Various Imputation Methods

[ Abstract ]
[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 791-804
The aim of this study is to determine the best imputation method to fill in the various gaps of missing values in air pollution dataset. Ten imputation methods such as Series Mean, Linear Interpolation, Mean Nearest Neighbour, Expectation Maximization, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, 12-hours Moving Average, 24-hours Moving Average, and Exponential Smoothing (α = 0.2, 0.5, and 0.8) were applied to fill in the missing values. Annual hourly monitoring data for ambient temperature, wind speed, humidity, SO2, NO2, O3, CO, and PM10 from Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam were used from 2012 to 2016. These datasets were simulated into three types of missing data patterns that vary in length gaps of missing patterns, i.e. simple, medium and complex patterns. Each patterns was simulated into two percentages of missing, i.e. 10% and 20%. The performance of these imputation methods was evaluated using four performance indicator: mean absolute error, root mean squared error, prediction accuracy, and index of agreement. Overall, the Expectation Maximization method was selected as the best method of imputation to fill in the simple, medium and complex patterns of simulated missing data, while the Series Mean method was shown as the worst method of imputation.

Keywords: Air pollution; Estimation; Missing data; Imputation methods; Simulation; Performance indicators.

W. Sochacki, K. Bloch, S. Garus

Monuments Protection Against Vibrations and Noise Using Quasi One-Dimensional Acoustic Barriers

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[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 805-812
Continuous industrial development also entails negative effects such as increasing the intensity of road traffic or the use of more efficient but louder and vibration-producing industrial equipment. This generates high-intensity acoustic waves, which, apart from adverse effects on people, cause vibrations in historic architectural structures that can propagate throughout the building and affect exhibits. Strictly defined vibration frequencies even at low intensity can lead to resonance phenomena and destruction of the object. Modern phononic crystals, due to the occurrence of the phononic bandgaps phenomena (waves with given frequencies do not propagate in the structure) allow to eliminate unfavorable frequencies and to significantly reduce the energy carried by mechanical waves. The use of a genetic algorithm along with the transfer matrix method with a properly selected objective function proposed in the article allows for the design of quasi-one-dimensional structures allowing the construction of acoustic barriers with optimal properties that allow protection against mechanical waves of high intensity of particularly valuable places. As an example, the design of transparent 10, 15 and 20-layer barriers made of glass and PVC is shown. A significant reduction in the sound pressure level for the acoustic frequency range has been demonstrated.

Keywords: Vibration protection; Noise barriers; Transfer matrix; Genetic algorithm; Mechanical wave propagation

Review articles
B. Sanchez-Diaz, E.E. Mata-Zayas

Remote Sensing as Indispensable Technology in Ecology to Support the Protection of Biodiversity. A Review

[ Abstract ]
[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 813-822
The most promising application of remote sensing, at present, in ecology is related to the field of biodiversity. Some of the main threats to biodiversity are the fragmentation and loss of habitat due to deforestation caused by human activities; which in turn accelerates extinction rates in the species. However, biodiversity is difficult to quantify and measure, which is why remote sensing is a valuable tool for ecological research since, given its characteristics of spatial, spectral, radiometric and temporal resolution, it is possible to try to measure certain variables of biodiversity. However, ecologists and space agencies, in a joint effort, have defined a list of essential variables with which biodiversity can be monitored from space. Thus, there is a need to implement new approaches and tools for their study and conservation, using remote sensing as a tool to support decision-making processes in biodiversity conservation efforts throughout the world.

Keywords: Biodiversity; Satellite images; Variables; Conservation


P. Sinha, R. Kumar

A Review on Management of Water Resources in South Africa

[ Abstract ]
[ Full Article - PDF]                  pp. 823-842
Globally water is a vital need. South Africa is getting quite less amount of rainfall (500 mm) in comparison to the global average (860 mm). This low rainfall coupled with wide variability in rainfall across wet eastern and dry western regions poses great challenges. This calls for integrated water resources management which encompasses synchronized expansion as well as management of not just water but also land and aquatic ecosystems. Besides water scarcity, a number of other hurdles exist including frequent droughts, flooding, salinity, illegal water abstraction and water allocation. Further, surface groundwater aquifers limit the full exploitation potential of groundwater resources. Pollution of groundwater is a challenge since groundwater is the most economical water resource for most small towns and rural villages. Based on the provisions of the National Water Act, 1997 of South Africa, a National Water Resources Strategy was developed but not able to resolve the issues. In this review, the different components of water resources management, in context to South Africa are discussed. Different categories of water usage spanning domestic, industrial, mining, hydropower and irrigation have been included. The overall ecological and environmental balance for ultimately sustaining has also been discussed.

Keywords: Water scarce; Climate change; Pollution of groundwater; National Water Act; South Africa

Publication date: 15.12.2019


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