Tea GHIGO

Tea Ghigo holds a joint doctorate in Archaeometry from the University of Hamburg and La Sapienza university of Rome.

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So far, her research has been focusing mostly on the material analysis of inks and pigments. She is particularly interested in their manufacturing processes and deterioration patterns and in the reasons why certain materials were chosen over others.

So far, her research has been focusing mostly on the material analysis of inks and pigments. She is particularly interested in their manufacturing processes and deterioration patterns and in the reasons why certain materials were chosen over others.

She trained as a Heritage Scientist at the University of Genova (2011-2014) and she wrote her master’s thesis on a Spanish gothic altarpiece that she studied during her research stay at the Valencian Conservation Institute. She pursued her doctoral career (2017-2020) while being a researcher for the ERC project PAThs — her dissertation dealt with the multi-methodological characterisation of Egyptian inks produced in Late Antiquity. Recently, she participated in activities aimed at engaging the public in scientific research on cultural heritage objects. Some of her studies on inks were presented during the exhibition “Archeologia Invisibile” at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, and an interview was broadcasted on the local TV channel “RTVM Montserrat Media”.

 

Role within Chromotope

Tea Ghigo is a conservation research fellow at the Ashmolean Museum. She will be carrying out a full pigment analysis of Burges’s Great Bookcase with the support of David Howell and the Ashmolean conservation teams.

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Selected publications

  • Tea Ghigo, Ira Rabin, Paola Buzi, “Black Egyptian inks in Late Antiquity: new insights into their manufacture and use” Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences,2020.

  • Tea Ghigo, Ira Rabin “Gaining insight into manuscripts materiality: the contribution of archaeometry to the study of the inks of the White Monastery codices” in Proceedings of the Third International PAThs ConferenceStudies in Manuscript Cultures, 2020.

  • Tea Ghigo, Sofía Torallas “Between literary and documentary text: The Montserrat Codex Miscellaneus and the material investigation of its inks” in Proceedings of the Third International PAThs ConferenceStudies in Manuscript Cultures, 2020.

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