Scientific dating of art works: evaluation or cultural exclusion?

Jin, Yin Cheng (2016) Scientific dating of art works: evaluation or cultural exclusion?. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 9 1: 39-49.

Author Jin, Yin Cheng
Title Scientific dating of art works: evaluation or cultural exclusion?
Journal name International Journal of the Inclusive Museum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-2014
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 49
Total pages 11
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Carbon-14 dating is a scientific procedure that has been used since the beginning of the last century to date organic items recovered from archaeological excavations. In terms of artefacts, modern-day scientific tests involving thermoluminescence and particle-induced X-ray emission have been found to be useful in dating of the objects. However, such testing does not take into consideration the cultural or historical factors surrounding the creation of the artefact. These factors are important because they give meaning to the artefact and help to "complete the picture" surrounding its origin and value. This review describes some of the pitfalls of relying exclusively on modern scientific dating tests by citing the controversy surrounding the dating of a pair of Chinese vases. It stresses the importance of including cultural and historical factors in the evaluation procedure and describes a number of other artefacts-held in public and private collections-that have featured in media reports and which have provoked controversy in the art world and amongst historians.
Keyword Curatorial performance
Evaluating art work
Scientific test
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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