Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab
Sponsored by Northern States Conservation Center
Monday, March 4, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013


MS215: Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab
Instructor: Diana Komejan
Price: $475
Dates: March 4 through March 29, 2013
Location: online at
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.
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 If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at
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, Mich. 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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