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Conservation records for the archaeologists?

Dollery, Diane and Henderson, Jane ORCID: 1996. Conservation records for the archaeologists? Presented at: Copenhagen Congress: Archaeological Conservation and its Consequences, Copenhagen, Denmark, 26-30 August 1996. Preprints of the contributions to the Copenhagen Congress, 26-30 August 1996: archaeological conservation and its consequences. pp. 43-47.

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The Department of Archaeology at the National Museum of Wales has an active multiperiod excavation program which generates 2,000-3,000 objects a year. Examination and conservation often reveal technological and contextual information of great interest to the archaeologist, but which is recorded in a form dictated by conservation needs. The difficulties are exacerbated where excavations extend over several seasons and involve a number of conservators. The information can only be included in the site report, which may be written several years later, if it is readily accessible and easily understood by the archaeologist. In order to facilitate this, a documentation system was devised that provides information in a concise and standardized format. Records are kept as a collection which mirrors the storage pattern of the artifacts. This encourages researchers to begin with the documentation rather than with physical examination of the object.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeological sites, documentation (function), excavations, National Museum of Wales (Cardiff, Wales)
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Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:03

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