Medieval Sculpture and Nuclear Science

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This 1996 video demonstrates the use of neutron activation analysis to help determine the provenance (origin) of a fragment of medieval sculpture at The Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. For more information about this process and a database of samples, visit

Produced by art historian Georgia Wright

Copyright 1996 ICMA – The International Center of Medieval Art –

Charles Little
Georgia Wright
Lore Holmes
Garman Harbottle

Thanks to:

The Cloisters,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brookhaven National Laboratory

The Fogg Museum, Harvard University

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

The Cornell University Library


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