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Assessing the Long Term Stability of Underwater Archaeological Conservation Techniques

Author(s): Christopher Dostal

Year: 2014

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The ideal end result of any archaeological conservation project is the long term stability of conserved artifacts. The scientific conservation of unstable archaeological materials recovered from underwater sites is still a relatively nascent field, and as such, long term assessments of common conservation techniques are vital to the continued advancement of the field. Along with evaluating the ‘tried and true’ methods, it is prudent to consolidate and assess the efficacy of new and innovative techniques that can be used in situations where traditionally ideal methods are not available. A lack of equipment or resources in the field does not relieve the responsibility of the conservator to provide stable long term solutions for recovered materials.


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Assessing the Long Term Stability of Underwater Archaeological Conservation Techniques. Christopher Dostal. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436954)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America