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Subject: Workshop on archaeological conservation

Workshop on archaeological conservation

From: Judith A. Logan <judy_logan>
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 1998
Archaeological Conservation:
Specialized Techniques and Research for Wet Objects
Professional Development Workshop
April 12-15, 1999
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
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 materials, iron, and
iron/wood composites and will combine  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 polyethylene glycol (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
        iron/wood 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 (Parks
        Canada Agency)
    *   updates on basketry, leather and iron research projects
    *   session on the parylene coating process
    *   review of conservation procedures for baleen.

Instructors: Scientists and conservators from CCI.

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.

Registration fee (includes lunches, a wood identification text, and
handouts): Early bird registration (prior to February 12, 1999):
CAN$550 for Canadian participants (includes GST); US$430 for all
others Registration on or after February 12, 1999: CAN$600 for
Canadian participants (includes GST); US$470 for all others

Registration deadline: March 12, 1999 (maximum 20 participants)

For further information and registration forms please contact:

    Christine Bradley, Client Services Officer
    Canadian Conservation Institute
    1030 Innes Road
    Ottawa ON  K1A 0M5
    613-998-3721 ext. 250
    Fax: 613-998-4721;
    christine_bradley [at] pch__gc__ca

CCI reserves the right to cancel the workshop if registration is

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:56
                 Distributed: Tuesday, January 5, 1999
                       Message Id: cdl-12-56-010
Received on Tuesday, 22 December, 1998

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