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Friday, June 1 • 11:30am - 11:45am
(Objects + Archaeological Conservation) Measuring the burial microenvironment on an archaeological site as an aid to the conservation management of artifacts in the museum

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Preliminary results will be presented from an in-situ assessment of the chemical microenvironment of an Early Bronze Age site in Central Anatolia. The work involved assessing the pH, the redox potential and chloride ion activity and was carried out in August 2017 on the soil of the Kaman-Kalehöyük excavation site in Turkey of the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology to ascertain the changes that occur in the burial and post excavation environment. A chloride ion electrode, pH meter, and corrosion meters with appropriate reference electrodes and calibrating materials were used. Surface chloride and pH mapping was carried out on excavated copper alloy objects and correlated with the archaeological profiles and records. Initial measurements indicate that it will be possible to prepare a degradation and conservation index as part of a mechanism to determine on a systematic basis corrosion behavior and which objects are in greatest need of conservation intervention. Treatment priority score cards will be prepared based on the significance and conservation needs assessments.

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avatar for Ian D. MacLeod

Ian D. MacLeod

Fellow, Western Australian Maritime Museum
Ian D. MacLeod completed his studies at the University of Melbourne in 1974 and did post-doctoral work at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and Murdoch University (Perth, Australia). From 1978 he worked for the conservation department at the Western Australian Museum and developed... Read More →
avatar for Alice Boccia Paterakis-[Fellow]

Alice Boccia Paterakis-[Fellow]

Director of Conservation, Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology
Alice Boccia Paterakis has a MAC in Objects Conservation from Queen’s University, Canada, and a PhD in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She was Head of Conservation of the Agora Excavations for the American School of Classical... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am
Texas Ballroom B Marriott Marquis Houston

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