Archaeological Conservation in the Field

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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.

Pre-excavation planning

(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)

General techniques

movable and immovable objects

On-site

(consolidation, lifting artifacts, moldingin situ)

Packing and transport


Examination and documentation

(photography, imaging..)

Record keeping and reports

(end-of-season conservation reports...)

Cleaning

(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.)

Stabilization (passive)


Stabilization (interventive)

(consolidation,desalination, de-acidification, corrosion inhibitors; etc.)

Structural treatments

(reshaping, removal ofdeteriorated previous structural repairs, structural fills, joining, mending,etc.)

Aesthetic reintegration

(loss compensation,fills, casting, molding, re-touching, finishing, etc.)

Surface treatments

(polishing, coatings, etc.)

Marking and labeling objects


Storage


Display


Monitoring


Reburial


Backfilling


Personal safety and emergency preparedness


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