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Recreating Colonial History with the Help of Paint Analysis

12:49 PM MST | November 10, 2008 | Rebecca Coons

Architectural paint analysts are using paint cross-sections on historical landmarks to learn about the past—from the status, wealth, and taste of the site’s owner to clues about changes made over the years to sites of historical significance. The history beneath: Thirty-five paint layers of an 18th century theater. This type of analysis is a relatively new field, says Natasha Loeblich, architectural paint analyst at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Williamsburg, VA). “People used to just scrape away at the paint on a building without...

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