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Online course on archaeological artifacts

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
MS 215: Care of Archaeological Artifacts From the Field to the Lab
Instructor: Diana Komejan
March 31 through April 25, 2008
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:http://www.museumclasses.org>

Archaeological finds come out of the ground fragile  and they often
stay that way. Yet archaeologists and museum professionals have few
clear guidelines for handling, moving, storing and displaying such
materials. Participants in Care of Archaeological Artifacts From the
Field to the Lab learn techniques for safely lifting and packing
artifacts, safe transportation and temporary and permanent storage.
The course also covers a broad range of excavation environments,
including the Arctic, wet sites, tropical and temperate. Though Care
of Archaeological Artifacts is not intended to train archaeological
conservators, it is designed to help participants understand what
can and can't be done to save the artifacts they unearth.

Course Outline

  The Excavation -lifting, storing and packing

  The Field Lab - basic cleaning and care, the role of the site
  conservator

  Transportation - containers, packaging, transport mechanics

  Storage - temporary to long term

Logistics: Participants in Care of Archaeological Artifacts work
through sections at their own pace. Instructor Diana Komejan is
available for scheduled email support. Materials and resources
include online literature, slide lectures and dialog between
students and online chats led by the instructor. The course is
limited to 20 participants.

Care of Archaeological Artifacts runs four weeks. Please enroll at
<URL:http://www.museumclasses.org> and pay for the course at
<URL:http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org.

The Instructor:

    Diana Komejan graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in
    1980 with a diploma in Art Conservation Techniques. She has
    worked as a conservator with Parks Canada at the Fortress of
    Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia and the Halifax
    conservation lab, where she worked on archaeological and
    historic artifacts from across east coast Canada. Diana also
    interned at the Kelsey Museum of Ancient and Medieval History in
    Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent 12 years as conservator with the
    Yukon Government in Whitehorse. In addition to lab treatments,
    Diana has broad archaeological experience, including the
    excavation of mammoths and dinosaur tracks. Diana now operates a
    private conservation business.


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