Conservation Research Laboratory, Texas A&M University - An Overview

Author(s): Donny Hamilton

Year: 2017


The Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) was founded in1978 as part of the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) to treat the material from the archaeological sites excavated by TAMU and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Now CRL is one of six laboratories that comprise the Center of Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC) and CRL’s scope has considerably increased with an active contract conservation program treating archaeological material from both shipwreck and terrestrial sites across the United States and foreign countries. CRL remains an integral part of the NAP graduate program where conservation classes are taught and students get hands-on practical experience.  An overview of CRL’s facilities and major conservation projects such as Port Royal, La Belle, USS Westfield, Mardi Gras, Monterrey and currently CSS Georgia and the World Trade Towers shipwreck is presented followed by seven papers on specific aspects of different projects. 

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Conservation Research Laboratory, Texas A&M University - An Overview. Donny Hamilton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435231)


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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 622