Briefs, Guides, Bibliographies

Technical Resources

Technical Briefs

National Park Service ConserveOGrams are short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects. In addition to specific handling and storage instructions for a wide variety of museum objects and materials, there is much information on safety and emergency preparedness and response.ConserveOGrams particularly relevant to archaeological or underwater artifacts include:

1/4 Use of Acryloid B-72 Lacquer for Labeling Museum Objects 1993
1/8 Using Silica Gel in Microenvironments 1999

6/1 First Aid for Wet-Site Objects 1993
6/2 Desalinization: Passive Alkaline Soak 1993
6/3 Testing for Chlorides with Silver Nitrate 1993
6/5 Soluble Salts and Deterioration of Archeological Materials 1998
6/6 Long-Term Effects of Acid-Cleaning Archeological Ceramics 1999

National Park Service ConserveOGrams can be found at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html

ConserveOGrams are published by the NPS Museum Management Program, which also publishes a useful Museum Handbook in three volumes, available on line at http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/

Historic England: Archaeological Conservation Technical Advice
 https://www.historicengland.org.uk/advice/technical-advice/archaeological-science/archaeological-conservation/

Canadian Conservation Institute Services, Publications and Information
http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1454704828075

Australian Institute for Conservation Conserving Archaeological Materials, including from Marine Environments
https://aiccm.org.au/things-we-conserve/archaeological-materials

UK Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)
Standards and Guidance for Archaeology, including nautical archaeology
http://www.archaeologists.net/codes/cifa

Finds: Standards and Guidance for the collection, documentation, conservation and research of archaeological materials (2014)
http://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/CIfAS&GFinds_1.pdf

Nautical Archaeology: Standard and guidance for nautical archaeological recording and reconstruction (2014)
http://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/CIfAS%26GNautical_1.pdf

American Institute for Conservation
Learn more about the work of or AIC at the Specialty Groups and Topics page

Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology
http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2

Bibliographies and Books

Preserving Archaeological Remains In Situ: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference 2001 Oxbow Books 2012

Flinders University Conservation Bibliography

American Institute for Conservation Further Reading

Introduction to Conservation of Underwater Finds Bibliography