Professional Practice

Archaeological Curation and COllections Management

Date: 3/26/2014 - 3/28/2014

Type: Other

Location(s): New Mexico


Santa Fe, New Mexico — March 26-28, 2014

Become familiar with principles and methods for curation and management of archaeological collections. Topics will include responsibilities under federal regulations (36 CFR Part 79) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; archaeological standards; collections policies; costs of curation; storage facilities; proper housing of collections; archaeological laboratory procedures; cataloguing systems; and educating the public with archaeological collections. An agenda is available at

Instructors. Barbara H. Magid, archaeological consultant, specializing in archaeological collections management and the study of historic artifacts; formerly curator and collections manager for the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

Offered in conjunction with:

Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
Santa Fe, New Mexico — March 24-25, 2014

Review the role of conservation in the field and in the laboratory for archaeological projects. Discuss planning and preparation for the care of excavated materials. Learn about the condition of materials upon excavation and “first aid” packing and transport methods for artifacts from both dry and waterlogged contexts. Examine artifact preservation and methods to facilitate interpretation. Learn how to perform simple stabilization techniques such as dewatering waterlogged bone, removing chlorides from objects, and consolidating highly degraded glass, as well as exploring tips for mending vessels. 


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