- Department: Archaeology
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ashley Lingle
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
This course provides a framework for remedial conservation techniques for archaeological materials. During the course, students will have the opportunity to engage with conservation theory, and familiarise themselves with treatment procedures that are used to reveal the shape, history, and technology of artefacts. Students learn how to apply selected investigative cleaning techniques through structured practical exercises. Documentation and reporting of this work is used to assess student performance.
A directed option - students must pick a Practical Skills module and have a choice of which to take (one in Semester 1)
|Semester 1 2024-25
The Practical Skills modules seek to introduce you to a range of skills in various diverse areas of archaeological practice and are designed to allow you to gain experience in a 'hands-on' manner.
This specific modules aims to:
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
Each seminar-workshop introduces students to the practicalities of preserving archaeological materials for a particular material type or research strategy. First students will be introduced to conservation theory and the ethics of cleaning and stabilising artefacts. They will be given a theoretical overview of how materials deteriorate during the depositional process and after excavation. Students will learn the basics of visual examination, documenting artefact condition and conservation interventions. Students will be asked to undertake a series of practical exercises where their ability to understand and apply conservation theory will be developed using a combination of simulated and real archaeological artefacts. Through these exercises students will learn how to identify conservation issues and options for preservation. Examples are drawn from emblematic types of archaeological finds.
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Formative: written feedback from module leaders
Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy
Matero F.G. (2008) Heritage, conservation, and archaeology: an introduction. Boston, MA: Archaeological Institute of America, https://www.archaeological.org/pdfs/Matero.pdf
Pedelì, C. and Pulga, S. (2013) Conservation Practices on Archaeological Excavations: Principles and Methods. Translated by Erik Risser. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs_conserv_practices
Sease, C. (1992) A Conservation Manual for the Field Archaeologist. Archaeological Research Tools, vol. 4. Los Angeles: Institute of Archaeology, University of California