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Taking a minute sample of material to be analyzed by the museum's Raman Spectrometer
Taking a minute sample from a painted surface
A minute sample of material ready for analysis by the museum's Raman Spectrometer
One of the steps in the process used by ancient Egyptians to make stable red dye
Researcher Marco Leona views a sample
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Why does the Met have a space-age Raman Spectrometer?

How does it help solve age old mysteries?

While Met researchers often examine artifacts with high tech devices, many commonly used tools can damage fragile treasures. Lab director Marco Leona has high hopes for some space age technology developed for Mars exploration: the Raman Spectrometer.  This scanner can non-invasively probe any object to provide a fingerprint of its precise chemical composition.

When Met researchers use the Raman Spectrometer to explore the past, what do they find?

The secret is revealed in the premiere broadcast of Museum Secrets: Inside the Met.

Under the Scope

We invite you to meet lab director Marco Leona, and discover how advances in materials science impact historical research in our Web Exclusive Video: Under the Scope.

Further Questions

Want more? Check out the web site of Oxford University's Material Science-Based Archeology Group.

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