The first phase of the research of the Heinrich Schliemann collection completed
The Pushkin State Museum, with the support of the gold mining company Polyus, has completed the first stage of a research project to study a group of objects from the world-famous Trojan collection of Heinrich Schliemann. During its first phase, 65 pieces of jewellery from the 13 treasures preserved in the museum were studied. You can follow the progress of the research on our website.
The museum specialists took detailed photographs of each of the selected items, measured all their elements using a high-resolution video microscope, and studied the composition of the metals. Given the uniqueness of the collection, all measurements and comprehensive examinations were carried out in a non-contact manner. A digital passport was created for each item, including its description, photographic documentation and metal samples.
The technical and technological research makes it possible to find out what techniques were used by the ancient jewellers, to clarify the history of these archaeological finds, and to answer a number of other questions. One assumption is that the gold used to make the pieces has not been melted down several times.
During the next stage of the project, the following 65 items from the Trojan collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and foreign collections will be examined on the basis of the obtained results, and agreements for joint research work with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Berlin, Germany), the Museum of Prehistory and Early History (Berlin, Germany) and the Eberhard and Karl University are to be signed.