Welcome to The Edelstein Center at Shenkar
***The Place Where C.S.I. Meets Indiana Jones***
This is the site of The Edelstein Center and it presents The Center’s research in the area of historic materials, especially in the analyses of the natural colorants – dyes and pigments – used in antiquity.
The Center’s research involves extracting the maximum information about the identities of ancient colorants, which necessitates the use of instrumental chemical analyses. Unfortunately, the analytical method employed virtually destroys the sample being analyzed. Hence, when examining culturally important heritage artifacts, only the minutest of quantities may be sampled. Fortunately, these high resolution analyses can detect even nanogram quantities of the substances investigated. These analytical methods employ forensic-science-style techniques, such as the ones highlighted in popular criminal-based TV shows, for example C.S.I., for studying the make-up of archaeological artifacts, perhaps the ones that Indiana Jones would have discovered.Television crew filming several episodes for an international series on archaeology and science. Prof. Koren is explaining to the producer of “The Naked Archaeologist” series, Simcha Jacobovici, several of the scientific discoveries made at The Edelstein Center.
The Center is one of the research centers of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, located in the city of Ramat-Gan (near Tel-Aviv), Israel.
In this site, you will find information about The Edelstein Center, its Founders, and its Director. The articles published by the Director in various areas are listed, with some of them available to be downloaded. The various lectures presented at various meetings are also listed.
The academic PowerPoint lecture slides (as pdf files) for the college-level chemistry courses taught by Prof. Koren are also provided.
For any correspondence, please contact Prof. Koren at the email address given in the “contact info”, above right. All of your comments, questions, and suggestions are important to me, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for visiting The Edelstein Center website and looking forward to greeting you soon at The Center in person!
Site last updated: October 6, 2015