Fall 2017 - ARCH 348 E100

Archaeological Conservation (5)

Class Number: 2457

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Barbara Winter
    bwinter@sfu.ca
    778.782.3325
    Office: Archaeology Museum
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    Six units in Archaeology, including ARCH 201.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to archaeological conservation, the processes affecting the condition of archaeological materials prior to excavation, during excavation, during analysis, exhibition and during reposition. Successful completion of this course will give archaeologists a good understanding of the various materials they encounter during excavation and how to preserve these artifacts and other materials. It will not qualify students to be professional archaeological conservators.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is a basic introduction to archaeological conservation, the processes affecting the condition of archaeological materials prior to excavation, during excavation, during analysis, exhibition and during reposition. Successful completion of this course will give archaeologists a good understanding of the materials they excavate and how to preserve artifacts and other materials. It will not qualify students to be professional archaeological conservators.  

Section 1: Introduction to Conservation
Section 2: Conservation of Organic Materials
Section 3: Conservation of Inorganic Materials
Section 4: Open Air Conservation

Grading

  • Project/Paper 35%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Condition Report 15%
  • Exams (3 @ 10% each) 30%

NOTES:

Students must have at least weekly access to the World Wide Web. Students are expected to use readings and reference material on the web.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

None. Weekly readings will be assigned.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Recommended Texts:

Donny L. Hamilton. 1998. Methods of Conserving Archaeological Material Culture. Conservation Files: Conservation of Cultural Resourses I. Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University. http://nautarch.tamu.edu/class/ANTH605 http://nautarch.tamu.edu/CRL/conservationmanual/  

Canadian Conservation Institute Notes http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925167385 http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1488912076971 http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1490714679776

Readings and further study available at:

Northeast Document Conservation Center Preservation Leaflets http://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/overview  

US National Parks Service Conserveograms https://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html  

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/for-museums-and-galleries/how-guides/collection-management/conservation-guidelines

And dependent links to a suite of conservation resources

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.


Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

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