Conservation Tools: The USB Digital Microscope

Staff members of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) come from a great variety of disciplines. Chemists, architects, biologists, conservators, engineers, and other specialists lend their expertise to advance conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. Just as diverse as the staff’s backgrounds are the types of tools they use to aid the Institute’s conservation efforts.
The Conservation Institute’s work to conserve cultural heritage takes staff to locations throughout the world. When they travel miles away from our labs and offices at the Getty Center, what tools do our project staff bring to their campaigns?
Benjamin Marcus, a project specialist, specializes in stone conservation. When he’s working out in the field to analyze stone monuments and buildings, he brings with him a USB digital microscope to identify the types of stones and to examine their deterioration.