Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Working Group— 2002 Conservation and Heritage Management Award

Award Citation:

The Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2002 Conservation and Heritage Management Award to the Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Working Group (WOAM) of the International Committee on Conservation Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC). Over the past 20 years, WOAM has met regularly to report on research on the conservation of wet archaeological materials that has taken place since the previous meeting. The scope of their work includes not only artifacts, but sites and site monitoring as well. As part of the proceedings, the group sets a research agenda for future work that various members agree to pursue. In this way, current research builds on previous work and determines areas of future work. This serves to reduce redundancy in conservation research as well as target areas of particular concern. The Group has been responsible for the great strides that have been made in recent years in the understanding and treatment of wet and waterlogged archaeological materials and is therefore deserving of recognition.

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