JAIC 1996, Volume 35, Number 1, Article 3 (pp. 23 to 43)
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JAIC 1996, Volume 35, Number 1, Article 3 (pp. 23 to 43)

A HISTORY OF PEST CONTROL MEASURES IN THE ANTHROPOLOGY COLLECTIONS, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

LISA GOLDBERG



NOTES

. Dust samples were collected from objects on dampened cotton swabs. Mercury was tested for by wetting out a dust sample with a 0.01% solution of diphenyl-carbazone. Arsenic was tested for by wetting out a dust sample with deionized water, followed by the addition of zinc dust, cuprous chloride, and conc. hydrochloric acid. A commercial version of this test is available through Merck Scientific. As with most spot microchemical tests, there is great margin for false results (Feigl et al. 1972, 111, 307–8).



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AUTHOR INFORMATION

LISA GOLDBERG graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in art history. She completed her conservation training at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a diploma in art conservation and an M.A. in art history. She worked at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. as move conservator for the Anthropology Department from 1990 to 1994. She is presently in private practice. Address: 401 Belford Place, Takoma Park, Md. 20912.


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