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Workshop on archaeological conservation

From: Judith A. Logan <judy_logan>
Date: Thursday, March 19, 1998
Archaeological Conservation: Specialized Techniques and Research for
Wet Objects
November 2-5, 1998
Canadian Conservation Institute
Ottawa, Canada

Wet archaeological materials present special challenges to the
conservator. Improper treatment can result in irreparable damage.
There has been considerable progress in the conservation of these
materials over the last two decades, but there are many practical
and scientific aspects of the assessment and treatment of wet
archaeological objects that are not well understood. CCI is actively
involved in research and treatment development in this area.

This intensive, four-day workshop will focus on the research,
analysis, and treatment of wet organic archaeological materials,
iron and iron composites, and combines  presentations, hands-on
experiences, lab tours, and demonstrations.

This workshop will develop your ability to:

    *   assess the physical and chemical aspects of wood and wood
    *   judge the effectiveness of wood treatments
    *   understand the use of PEG and PEGCON
    *   reduce biological hazards and practice safe disposal of
        chemical waste
    *   evaluate the condition of untanned and semi-tanned skin and
        assess treatments
    *   use several methods to dry wet organic materials
    *   understand iron corrosion and the special characteristics of
        wood/iron composites
    *   monitor chloride levels of treatment solutions for iron
    *   apply the techniques of scientific analysis to
        archaeological materials.

Special features of the workshop:

    *   lab tours of CCI and the new Ontario Service Centre
        (Canadian Parks Agency)
    *   basketry, leather and iron research project updates
    *   session on the Parylene coating process
    *   review of conservation procedures for baleen.

Instructors: Scientists and conservators from CCI and the Canadian
Parks Agency.

Participants should have practical experience in the conservation of
wet archaeological materials.  Conservation students and
archaeologists with a special interest in the area are welcome.

Fee: CAN $500
Registration deadline: October 2, 1998
(maximum 20 participants)

For further information please contact:

    Mary-Lou Simac
    Conservation and Scientific Services
    Canadian Conservation Institute
    1030 Innes Road
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M5

    Fax: 613-998-4721
    mary-lou_simac [at] pch__gc__ca

CCI reserves the right to cancel the workshop if registration is

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