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Subject: Online course on archaeological materials

Online course on archaeological materials

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Running only once in 2009, and not running again until the Fall of
2010, this is your opportunity to learn about caring for
archaeological materials from their discovery to their final storage
in a repository.

MS215: Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab
May 4-May 29, 2009
Price: $425  (no shipping costs, but book to be purchased
Instructor: Diana Komejan
Location: <URL:>

Description: 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 at their own pace. 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.

Archaeological Collections Care runs four weeks. To reserve a spot
in the course, please pay at
<URL:> If you have trouble
please contact Helen Alten <helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org>

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, Michigan 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 business.

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