Fall 2017 - ARCH 348 E100
Archaeological Conservation (5)
Class Number: 2457
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SWH 9084, Burnaby
Office: Archaeology Museum
Office Hours: TBA
Prerequisites:Six units in Archaeology, including ARCH 201.
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.
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
- Project/Paper 35%
- Presentation 20%
- Condition Report 15%
- Exams (3 @ 10% each) 30%
Students must have at least weekly access to the World Wide Web. Students are expected to use readings and reference material on the web.
None. Weekly readings will be assigned.
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.
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