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Metallography and Microstructure in Ancient and Historic Metals
Metallography and Microstructure in Ancient and Historic Metals

David A. Scott

Getty Conservation Institute
in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum
176 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
20 color and 143 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-195-3
paper, Out of Print  1991


This book provides an introduction to the structure and morphology of ancient and historic metallic materials. It deals extensively with many practical matters relating to the mounting, preparation, etching, polishing, and microscopy of metallic samples and includes an account of the way in which phase diagrams can be used to assist structural interpretation. The text is supplemented by an extensive number of microstructural studies carried out in the laboratory on ancient and historic metals. The student beginning the study of metallic materials and the conservation scientist who wishes to pursue structural studies of metallic art objects should find this book exceedingly useful.

David A. Scott is senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute and head of the GCI Museum Research Laboratory. His publications include Ancient and Historic Metals and Copper and Bronze in Art.

This title is out of print. Please look for it at your local libraries and/or used bookstores.