Chemical Preservation

The Archaeological Survey of India's Science Branch is responsible mainly for the chemical conservation treatment and preservation of some three thousand five hundred ninety three Protected monuments besides chemical preservation of museum and excavated objects countrywide.

The real challenge before us is to plan the necessary measures of preservation with a view to assure the survival of these built cultural heritage and unique symbols of our civilizations for centuries to come, with as little intervention as possible but without altering or modifying in any way the authenticity of their original character. To ensure the stability as well as proper preservation of our cultural heritage, there is a need to give more thrust to the scientific research in preservation options must be based on a preliminary investigation which includes the knowledge of physical nature of the object (constituent materials, architectural characteristics, production techniques, state of decay) and of the factors which induce or could induced its decay. In other words, as in the case of medical study the field of preservation therapy to be based on a correct diagnosis.

The role of scientific discipline is vital to both these steps of preservation activities. Accordingly, a specific objective of scientific research activities in preservation being carried out by the Science Branch is aimed to study:

The main activities of Science Branch are:

Wooden Carvings of Triprayar Temple, Thrissur

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Murals of Vadakkunnathan Temple , Thrissur

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St, Angelo Fort , Kannur

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Murals Of Ramayana Gallery, Mattancherry Palace

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Murals of Underground Gallery, Mattancherry Palace

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