The scientific eye in cultural heritage documentation

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Examining artifacts, buildings, artworks, archaeological sites, and other evidence of creativity and human history through a scientific lens is crucial for identifying, managing, and protecting cultural heritage.
The scientific gaze typically focuses on objective and measurable aspects of cultural heritage, including materials, form, construction techniques, and chemical analysis. However, there are instances where one must consider subjective perspectives, such as symbolic meanings, cultural values, or the memories associated with the heritage. In such situations, scientific approaches may fall short in capturing the entirety of the human experience connected to heritage.
While the scientific gaze is essential in documenting cultural heritage, it is important to acknowledge it must consider and welcome other complementary approaches, especially when dealing with subjective, intangible aspects, technical limitations, ethical considerations, or remembrance.
Period13 Jul 2023
Event titleVI CHAM International Conference: Heritage for a Common Future / Futures for a Common Heritage
Event typeConference
Conference numberVI
LocationLisboa, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Cultural heritage
  • Documentation
  • Collaborative Research