Archaeological Conservation in the Field
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Contributors: Nichole Daub, Suzanne Davis, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, Dawn Lohnas, Vanessa Muros, Carrie Roberts, Julie Unruh, and Emily Williams
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Begin with a brief summary or introduction to archaeological conservation in the field: on site and post-excavation, content and goals of the page.
- 1 Pre-excavation planning
- 2 Setting up a field lab
- 3 Coping with limited resources
- 4 General techniques
- 4.1 On-site
- 4.2 Packing and transport
- 4.3 Examination and documentation
- 4.4 Record keeping and reports
- 4.5 Cleaning
- 4.6 Reduction of corrosion products
- 4.7 Stabilization (passive)
- 4.8 Stabilization (interventive)
- 4.9 Structural treatments
- 4.10 Aesthetic reintegration
- 4.11 Surface treatments
- 4.12 Marking and labeling objects
- 4.13 Storage
- 4.14 Display
- 4.15 Monitoring
- 4.16 Reburial
- 4.17 Backfilling
- 5 Personal safety and emergency preparedness
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
(Including budgeting, researchgoals, team members, supplies, access to electricity and water, system ofrecord keeping, storage, etc.)
Setting up a field lab
include ADG “Conservation toolkit"
Coping with limited resources
(Tips, tools, availability of supplies, non-traditional materials and methods)
movable and immovable objects
(consolidation, lifting artifacts, moldingin situ)
Packing and transport
Examination and documentation
Record keeping and reports
(end-of-season conservation reports...)
(investigative, mechanical, solvent,chemical, aqueous, poultices, pastes, or gels; reduction of surface dirt,grime, accretions, or stains)
Reduction of corrosion products
(for metals.Mechanical, electrochemical/electrolytic, or chemical processes; etc.)
(consolidation,desalination, de-acidification, corrosion inhibitors; etc.)
(reshaping, removal ofdeteriorated previous structural repairs, structural fills, joining, mending,etc.)
(loss compensation,fills, casting, molding, re-touching, finishing, etc.)
(polishing, coatings, etc.)
Marking and labeling objects
Personal safety and emergency preparedness
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