The International Editorial Board for TECHNOLOGIA ARTIS 3

We are starting off from the fact that a narrowly specialised field such as historical art technology cannot be represented by publications in every country and in every language. TECHNOLOGIA ARTIS was established as the first specialised periodical of this kind with the aim of providing scope for a wider international exchange of information. In the present yearbook we are already including some foreign contributions and for the third we are counting on the formation of an editorial council with foreign participation – we have already had several preliminary discussions with this in mind. We welcome any suggestions, proposals and offers. We consider the encyclopedic classification of the yearbook a suitable basis for the gradual increase in information. Apart from original works we should also like to recall some older published works and extend the information on everything which is being or has been published in the given sphere. Our aim is information with real content, i.e. true »abstracts« with a critical commentary, not bibliographic notes on articles which are often very difficult to obtain. In exceptional cases – if it is particularly important work, such as the study here by Professor Kühn – we are also counting on an amended reprint. The ideal model would be the editorial cooperation of representatives (initiators, coordinators), always from certain geographical areas, but we are afraid of institutionalisation and more complicated administration: life itself will direct the final results. To all those interested in cooperating with us we would propose the following procedure:

European University Centre for the Cultural Heritage and the Group PACT of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Relationships between sciences and techniques and the archeology: a contribution to some considerations on the unity of culture

1. The members of the Editorial Council are gradually acquiring contributions from further authors in the sphere of their authority, annotating them and recommending them for publication.

2. Meeting of the Editorial Board in Prague once a year to carry out the selection of texts. The texts must already have been edited and have the approval of members of the Editorial Board of other reviewers. The assembly of the Editorial Board then entrusts two or threee editors with final amendments. Those members of the Editorial Board who apologised for their absence will be sent a selection of basic texts for comment.

3. Reports and reviews are not judged, the authors themselves are responsible for their content. The nominated editors will only carry out the final selection and check on material correctness.

4. Translations from various languages will be arranged by the AHVT and OBELISK. In the case of common European languages we do not require translations from the authors themselves.

The AHVT cannot guarantee the remuneration of editorial work which as is also the case for authors' contributions – is honorary, as it has been to date. At the same time, however, we promise that in cooperation with other institutions and perhaps also with the support of our Ministry of Culture, we shall try to create for the members of the Editorial Board who come from abroad suitable conditions and reception. European cooperation in the field of historical art technology is inevitable, and it will be an honour for us to prepare the ground for it here in Prague.

For the next, truly international yearbook we propose that the basic text be in French and English.

The Archives of Historical Art Technology has established the first contacts with the European University Centre for the Cultural Heritage in Ravello. We here publish the Czech translation of the Ravello Declaration published by the Group PACT for relationships between Sciences and Techniques and Archaeology in 1984.

The Archives of Historical Art Technology fully identifies itself with the ideas expressed in this Declaration and its aims – to be an information and study centre in the field of historical art technology and this would be gradually implemented as part of the European wide network of information.