Professional Practice
Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
Date: 3/24/2014 - 3/25/2014
Type: Other
New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico — March 24-25, 2014

Review the role of conservation in the field and in the laboratory for archaeological projects. Discuss planning and preparation for the care of excavated materials. Learn about the condition of materials upon excavation and “first aid” packing and transport methods for artifacts from both dry and waterlogged contexts. Examine artifact preservation and methods to facilitate interpretation. Learn how to perform simple stabilization techniques such as dewatering waterlogged bone, removing chlorides from objects, and consolidating highly degraded glass, as well as exploring tips for mending vessels.

Instructor. Emily Williams, conservator of archaeological materials at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; research interests include waterlogged organics, the burial environment, and the history of conservation.

Offered in conjunction with:

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
Santa Fe, NM — March 26-28, 2014

Become familiar with principles and methods for curation and management of archaeological collections. Topics will include responsibilities under federal regulations (36 CFR Part 79) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; archaeological standards; collections policies; costs of curation; storage facilities; proper housing of collections; archaeological laboratory procedures; cataloguing systems; and educating the public with archaeological collections. An agenda is available online at