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.

Pre-excavation planning[edit | edit source]

(Including budgeting, researchgoals, team members, supplies, access to electricity and water, system ofrecord keeping, storage, etc.)

Setting up a field lab[edit | edit source]

include ADG “Conservation toolkit"

Coping with limited resources[edit | edit source]

(Tips, tools, availability of supplies, non-traditional materials and methods)

General techniques[edit | edit source]

movable and immovable objects

On-site[edit | edit source]

(consolidation, lifting artifacts, moldingin situ)

Packing and transport[edit | edit source]

Examination and documentation[edit | edit source]

(photography, imaging..)

Record keeping and reports[edit | edit source]

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

Cleaning[edit | edit source]

(investigative, mechanical, solvent,chemical, aqueous, poultices, pastes, or gels; reduction of surface dirt,grime, accretions, or stains)

Reduction of corrosion products[edit | edit source]

(for metals.Mechanical, electrochemical/electrolytic, or chemical processes; etc.)

Stabilization (passive)[edit | edit source]

Stabilization (interventive)[edit | edit source]

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

Structural treatments[edit | edit source]

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

Aesthetic reintegration[edit | edit source]

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

Surface treatments[edit | edit source]

(polishing, coatings, etc.)

Marking and labeling objects[edit | edit source]

Storage[edit | edit source]

Display[edit | edit source]

Monitoring[edit | edit source]

Reburial[edit | edit source]

Backfilling[edit | edit source]

Personal safety and emergency preparedness[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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Further reading[edit | edit source]

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