Archaeological conservation is the profession devoted to the preservation of objects and structures that constitute the archaeological record. The moment archaeological materials are uncovered, they are at risk of rapid and irreversible deterioration. Archaeological conservators work with archaeologists before, during, and after excavation to ensure the long-term preservation of the sites and materials for future study and research.
Are you curious about conservation, interested in how to become an archaeological conservator, wondering when you need to call one, or wanting to find out how you can find a conservator to work with? Are you interested in hearing about things that conservators do besides treating artifacts? This 1-hour webinar will cover all of these topics and more, and will include time for Q&A from the audience at the end. Participation is free but registration is required.
Suzanne Davis: Suzanne Davis is an associate curator and the head of conservation at the University of Michigan’s Kelsey of Museum Archaeology, where she is also affiliated faculty for the University's Museum Studies Program. Prior to joining the Kelsey in 2001, she was a conservator for the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC. She holds graduate degrees in art history and conservation from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her primary research focuses on the conservation of archaeological materials and sites; she has served as the site conservator for excavations in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, and North Africa, and currently works on archaeological projects in Egypt, Sudan, and Turkey.
Nichole Doub: Nichole Doub is the Head Conservator of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, responsible for the preservation of Maryland's State-owned archaeological collections and works closely with CRM firms throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. She obtained her postgraduate degrees in Archaeological Conservation, specializing in Archaeometallurgy, from University College London and studied Classical Archaeology at the Univeristy of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to North American excavations, Nichole has participated on archaeological projects in Romania, England, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Jordan.
Emily Williams: Emily Williams is the Senior Conservator of Archaeological Materials at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Additionally, she teaches an introduction to conservation course at the University of Mary Washington. She holds an MA is conservation from Durham University and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. She has worked in museums and on-sites in Australia, Belgium, Egypt, England, Iraqi Kurdistan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Syria.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) exists to support the conservation professionals who preserve our cultural heritage. AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. Since its founding in 1972, AIC has grown to more than 3,500 conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and institutional members in more than forty countries around the world, all of whom have the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future. Learn more about AIC at www.conservation-us.org.