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Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab On-line Course

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Archaeological finds come out of the ground fragile – and they often stay that way. Yet archaeologists and museum professionals have few clear guidelines for handling, moving, storing and displaying such materials. Participants in Care of Archaeological Artifacts From the Field to the Lab learn techniques for safely lifting and packing artifacts, safe transportation and temporary and permanent storage. The course also covers a broad range of excavation environments, including the Arctic, wet sites, tropical and temperate. Though Care of Archaeological Artifacts is not intended to train archaeological conservators, it is designed to help participants understand what can and can’t be done to save the artifacts they unearth.

Course Outline:
1. The Excavation lifting, storing and packing
2. The Field Lab basic cleaning and care, the role of the site conservator
3. Transportation containers, packaging, transport mechanics
4. Storage temporary to long term

The Elements of Archaeological Conservation by J. M. Cronyn (Also Available Online)

The Archaeologist’s Manual For Conservation: A guide to Non-Toxic, Minimal Intervention Artifact Stabilization (KLUWER ACADEMIC/PLENUM PUBLISHERS), by Bradley A. Rodgers

Optional (hard to find): First Aid for Finds by D. Watkinson and V. Neal

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