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Subject: Online course on archaeological artifacts

Online course on archaeological artifacts

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008
Northern States Conservation Center announces one of its newest
online classes:

Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab

October 6-31, 2008
Price: $425
Instructor: Diana Komejan


Location:  <URL:>

    Archaeological finds come out of the ground fragile and they
    often stay that way. Yet archaeologists and museum professionals
    have few clear guidelines for handling, moving, storing and
    displaying such materials. Participants in Care of
    Archaeological Artifacts From the Field to the Lab learn
    techniques for safely lifting and packing artifacts, safe
    transportation and temporary and permanent storage. The course
    also covers a broad range of excavation environments, including
    the Arctic, wet sites, tropical and temperate. Though Care of
    Archaeological Artifacts is not intended to train archaeological
    conservators, it is designed to help participants understand
    what can and can't be done to save the artifacts they unearth.

    Course Outline:

        The Excavation lifting, storing and packing

        The Field Lab basic cleaning and care, the role of the site

        Transportation containers, packaging, transport mechanics

        Storage temporary to long term

        Logistics: Participants in Care of Archaeological Artifacts
        work through sections on their own. Instructor Diana Komejan
        is available for scheduled email support. Materials and
        resources include online literature, slide lectures and
        dialog between students and online chats led by the
        instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.

        Care of Archaeological Artifacts runs four weeks. Please
        sign pay at <URL:>
        to reserve a space in the course. If you have trouble,
        please contact Helen Alten at helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org

    Required Text:

        First Aid For Finds: Practical Guide for Archaeologists
        (Paperback or hardback) by David Leaigh (Author), David
        Watkinson (Editor), Virginia Neal (Editor), London:
        RESCUE/UKIC Archaeology Section, 3rd edition (1998) or 2001

        Available from

            David Brown Book Co




            Archetype Books
            Cotsen Institue of Archaeology at UCLA
            A210 Fowler Building
            Box 951510
            Los Angeles CA 90095.

        **** Moderator's comments: The above URLs have been wrapped
        for email. There should be no newline.

    The Instructor:

        Diana Komejan graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in
        1980 with a diploma in Art Conservation Techniques. She has
        worked as a conservator with Parks Canada at the Fortress of
        Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia and the
        Halifax conservation lab, where she worked on archaeological
        and historic artifacts from across east coast Canada. Diana
        also interned at the Kelsey Museum of Ancient and Medieval
        History in Ann Arbor, Michegan and spent 12 years as
        conservator with the Yukon Government in Whitehorse. In
        addition to lab treatments, Diana has broad archaeological
        experience, including the excavation of mammoths and
        dinosaur tracks. Diana now operates a private conservation

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