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Subject: Workshop on archaeological conservation

Workshop on archaeological conservation

From: Emily Williams <ewilliams>
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The Conservation of Archaeological Materials-Current Challenges and
Archaeology Department at King's Manor, Exhibition Square, York.
Room K159
Wednesday Jan 5, 2005

The workshop is being held in advance of the Society of Historical
Archaeology's Annual meeting in York, England. For anyone interested
in registering the cost is $110 (for mon-members) and $85 (for
members).  Registration can be done on-line at

Morning Sessions:

        Opening remarks-Jim Spriggs,, Head of Conservation, York
        Archaeological Trust

        Keynote address-Learning from History
        Chris Caple, Lecturer, Durham University
        Marine Archaeology, Management and Conservation: US and UK

        Decision Making: The Conservator's
        Role Betty Seifert, Chief Conservator, Maryland
        Archaeological Conservation Laboratory

        The Role of Digital Tools in Artifact Management
        C. Wayne Smith, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

        The Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project: Examination and
        Treatment of Wood
        Sarah Watkins-Kenney, Project Conservator, Queen Anne's
        Revenge Shipwreck project

    10:35-11:00 Break

        The 1824 Wreck of the Royal Hawaiian Yacht: Federal, State,
        Local and Native Perspectives

        Paul Johnston, Curator of Maritime History, National Museum
        of American History

        On Site Finds Retrieval, Recording and Processing from
        Maritime Sites
        Martin Read, School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental
        Sciences, University of Plymouth

        The Monitoring and Conservation of Shipwreck Sites: The MoSS
        Paola Palma, Maritime Archaeologist, Mary Rose Trust

        A National Heritage Agency and New Responsibilities: English
        Heritage and Maritime Archaeology two and a half years on

        Ian Oxley, Head of Maritime Archaeology, English Heritage


Afternoon Sessions
The sulphur:iron dilemma for curators of archaeological marine wood

    2:00- 2:25
    Vasa's new conservation challenge
    Emma Hocker, Konservator, Vasa Ship Museum, Stockholm
    (given by Fred Hocker)

    The role of microbes in the build-up of sulphur in
    archaeological wood
    Dr Mark Jones, Head of Collection, Mary Rose Trust

    Simple laboratory analyses of sulphur in wood
    Dr Theo Skinner, Senior Conservator (Wet Organics) National
    Museums of Scotland

    3:15- 3:30 TEA

Metal-detecting, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and
conservation-related issues

        Finding our Past: Introduction to the Portable Antiquities
        Ceinwen Paynton, Education Officer, Portable Antiquities
        Scheme, British Museum

        From Ploughshares to Swords: Preserving a major
        metal-detected hoard
        Erica Paterson, Conservator, York Archaeological Trust


        How should I clean my finds? A professional's approach to an
        amateur's problem
        Jim Spriggs, Head of Conservation, York Archaeological Trust

    4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks

Emily Williams
Conservator of Archaeological Materials
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
PO Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Fax: 757-565-8752

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:27
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Received on Tuesday, 14 December, 2004

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