Conservation in Archaeological Practice

  • André BergeronEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_1704-2

Introduction

Archaeology, in itself a scientific discipline, often requires the expertise of other disciplines to help in the process of reconstructing past ways of life. According to ICOMOS’s Charter for Archaeological Heritage (1990), “Archaeological heritage constitutes the basic record of past human activities. The protection of this heritage cannot be based upon the application of archaeological techniques alone (and) should be based on an effective collaboration between specialists from many different disciplines.”

Whether dealing with recent history or prehistory, the contribution of related sciences such as biology, geology, geomorphology, metallurgy, and material science, to name only a few, needs no further proof. The archaeologist draws on all these disciplines to produce an overview that enhances the understanding of the history and evolution of a site. But despite this interdisciplinary approach, even today, conservators complain about the lack of integration of...

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Further Reading

  1. Bergeron, A. 2007. La restauration des céramiques archéologiques, quelques exemples du cheminement d’une pratique. Centre de conservation du Québec. Available at http://www.ccq.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/images/publications/ceramiques.pdf. Accessed 17 May 2017.
  2. Bergeron, A. 2013. Restauration et conservation archéologique; Quelle interaction avec l’archéologie? Available at http://www.ccq.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/images/publications/doc_adm/Bergeron-Restauration-archeologique-interaction.pdf. Accessed 17 May 2017.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Archaeology and EthnologyCentre de conservation du QuébecQCCanada