The need for a common language between all members of the Cultural Heritage community is widely recognized.

The increasing development of more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and ICT tools is now providing long awaited answers to variety of Cultural Heritage Materials issues:

→ provenance and sources of ancient materials
→ production techniques
→ ancient commercial routes
→ authentication
→ conservation (durability, compatibility and effectiveness of restoration methods and products)

A knowledge gap urgently needs to be bridged.