Topic ID #27392 - posted 3/1/2013 1:45 AM

Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab online course starts March 4

Jennifer Palmer

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Subject: Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab online course starts March 4

MS215: Care of Archaeological Artifacts from the Field to the Lab
Instructors: Diana Komejan
Dates:March 4 through March 29, 2013
Location: online at

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.

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.

Archaeological Collections Care runs four weeks. To learn more and
reserve a spot in the course, please go to If you
have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

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, Mich. 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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