That’s where Wright State comes in. Under the agreement, there are plans for Wright State experts to go the site in China to conduct research aimed at expanding the excavation and better protecting and displaying the mausoleum. The university will also accept students from the museum seeking to learn more about conservation, historic preservation and exhibition preparation.
According to Stephen Foster, Wright State’s associate vice president for international affairs, there are a variety of ways in which the university State can be helpful to the Chinese museum.
One example? The College of Science and Mathematics has geophysics experts who can discuss new ground-sensing techniques that could aid in excavating the relics without damaging them. Most of the soldiers that were excavated had colors, but the colors can fade quickly when exposed to the air. Humidity levels must be kept high enough to help preserve the color, but low enough so as not to spur the growth of mold.
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