In an endeavor to bridge ancient traditions with contemporary technologies, China recently played host to its pioneering conference in Chongqing, dedicated to unfolding the future prospects of cultural relic conservation using high-end technologies. Led by China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration, this landmark event marked a significant step in China’s commitment to preserving its rich historical heritage.
The central theme of the conference revolved around the groundbreaking innovations China has unveiled in recent years concerning technological equipment tailored for cultural relic protection. These innovative tools are not only a testament to China’s dedication but also a reflection of its capability to seamlessly meld ancient heritage with modern solutions. Furthermore, the conference shed light on the challenges confronting this sphere, opening a dialogue on the potential avenues that can be explored to embed high-tech designs more deeply into China’s archaeological undertakings.
Prominent figures in the realm of cultural conservation graced the conference. Among them was Wang Xudong, the esteemed director of the Palace Museum, and Su Boming, the head of Dunhuang Research Academy. Their insights added depth to the discussions, focusing on several groundbreaking initiatives. One such initiative spotlighted was the use of big data in archaeology. By harnessing vast amounts of data, researchers can now unravel historical mysteries and gain deeper insights into past civilizations.
Additionally, the application of nuclear technology in the realm of relic conservation was another focal point. This innovative approach can offer unparalleled preservation capabilities, ensuring that artifacts last for future generations. Furthermore, Radar Technology Equipment’s introduction into archaeology marks another significant stride, promising more precise and non-invasive exploration methods.
Li Qun, who helms the National Cultural Heritage Administration, articulated the pivotal role of these modern tools. He emphasized that such equipment has transitioned from being supplementary tools to becoming absolutely “indispensable” in the fight to preserve China’s rich cultural heritage.
However, the conference didn’t just limit itself to domestic insights. Recognizing the universal value of shared knowledge, the event underscored the importance of international collaboration. This sentiment isn’t new. Back in 2018, experts from both China and Italy converged in Chongqing, pooling their collective knowledge on technological innovations. Their collaborative efforts delved into topics like the restoration techniques for stone relics and the development of novel materials for conserving wooden artifacts.
A supplementary event, the “Crafts First” exhibition, further enhanced the conference’s appeal. This showcase, open to the public, displayed 64 technological marvels, including a unique wearable device. This device promises visitors an unparalleled immersive experience, transporting them inside the mesmerizing Dunhuang Grottos. To deepen the knowledge exchange, three focused seminars, including titles like “Smart Cultural Heritage” and “Risk Management for Cultural Relics,” were organized.
The Crafts First exhibition, acting as a beacon of technological progress in cultural preservation, will remain open until December 26, welcoming all who wish to witness the future of heritage conservation.