Dr. Lukas Wacker

Dr. Lukas Wacker

ETH-Zurich; Switzerland

He is an AMS 14C expert who works actively with our group for dating our extracted organic material and our target preparation. He has heavily contributed to push forward the frontiers in radiocarbon analysis towards higher precision. The compact AMS systems (MICADAS) developed at ETH are presently the state-of-the art instruments for highest precision radiocarbon analysis. Lukas Wacker was principal investigator of an international research project that extended the absolute radiocarbon calibration curve throughout the Younger Dryas into the Late Glacial time. He is also member of the IntCal Working Group.

Dr. Ronny Friedrich

Dr. Ronny Friedrich

CEZA Mannheim AMS - Germany

He is an AMS 14C expert. Working actively with our group for dating our extracted organic material and our target preparation. He is the head of Radiocarbon Lab at CEZA (Curt-Engelhorn Center Archaeometrie). He is also member of the IntCal Working Group.

Prof. Francesca Tonini

Prof. Francesca Tonini

Università di Bologna Campus di Ravenna

Francesca Tonini is graduated in Restoration of Easel paintings and Wooden sculpture

and in Conservation of Cultural Heritage with a thesis on baroque wooden sculpture.

Her main field of interest is the conservation-restoration of wooden polychrome sculpture, focused on the methodology of intervention, and education tools.

In compliance with Italian law – D.lgs. 22 gennaio 2004, n. 42, art. 9bis – she is a qualified Conservator-Restorer for the sectors:

2. architectural decorated surfaces,

3. painted artefacts on wooden and textile support, 

4. carved wooden artefacts, furniture and wooden structures.

Member of ICOM-cc and Assistant coordinator of the SPAD Working group Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decorations, she cooperated as Consulting Advisor at the Projecto Retablos - Conservation of Wooden Polychromed Altarpieces with the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and the Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico in Seville. 

Member of the RECH Scientific Committee - Retouching of Cultural Heritage, she frequently serves as peer-reviewer for congresses and professional international journals.

She takes part in various international conferences, seminars and workshops as a speaker and moderator. 

As an editor she has written many essays and articles on the study and restoration of wooden sculpture. 

In 2015 she published the handbook “La scultura lignea. Tecniche e restauro. Manuale per allievi restauratori”. 

As Adjunct professor in Conservation-restoration she cooperates with the Universities of Bologna and Urbino, and with Accademia Belle Arti in Como.