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Scientific Investigations of Ancient Indian Coins and Metals

Manager Rajdeo Singh (Author) Uma Shankar Lal (Author)

This book exclusively deals about the various advance instrumental techniques applied for the examination of historic Indian coins for their composition and microstructure. Based on the authors' more than 37 years of experience in the field of metal conservation, the book highlights the type and source of minerals for minting the coins, fabrication technology and discrimination between the fake and old coins based on scientific examinations. Few newer methods for the preservation of ancient coins, leaded bronzes, and metal artifacts have been highlighted based on field trial. The book also incorporates about the cannon metal and fabrication technology used for bimetallic medieval cannons using advanced instrumental techniques like Electron Back scattered Diffraction (EBSD) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The authors have compiled all their international and national publications for this book project for the benefit of researchers, metal conservators and scientific institutions working in the field of metals and alloys.

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About the authors

Manager Rajdeo Singh

Dr. Manager Rajdeo Singh is presently working as professor and head, Department of Conservation, National Museum Institute, Janpath, New Delhi-110011. He has worked for about 37 years in various capacity in other central government organization and retired on 31.12.2015 as superintending Archaeological Chemist, Archaeological Survey of India, Science branch, Aurangabad, He has authored around 80 research papers published in various international/ national journals on various topics of archaeological conservation/ ancient material science. He has also authored five books published by international/ national publishers. He was associated with the conservation of Cave murals of Ajanta/Ellora, Goa Churches and monuments of Maharashtra and Goa for a long time and contributed immensely towards conservation of mural arts in India.

Uma Shankar Lal

Dr. U.S. Lal, is well known professional in the field of conservation cultural heritage and author of this book entitled “Ancient Bronzes: History, Metallurgy, Corrosion and Conservation”. Dr. Lal obtained his M.Sc., Ph.D, degree from University of Allahabad. Allahabad. At present he is Senior. Scientist and Head of Department of Analytical and Metal Research Division in National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC), Lucknow, India, a premier institution devoted to conservation research and conservation of cultural heritage. Dr. Lal visited Rome (Italy) as UNESCO fellow and got specialised training in SEM and EDX at Eindhoven, The Neitherland. He has published more than 60 research papers in National and International journals in metal conservation and edited various proceedings and publications. His primary areas of research are ancient metallic artifacts, corrosion inhibitors, characterisation of corrosion products, pigments and air quality monitoring.

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Title Scientific Investigations of Ancient Indian Coins and Metals
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788193845721
length 184p., Illus; 25cm.