Field Stabilization of Movable Heritage
The conservation of sites and artifacts is an integral and important part of the archaeological process. Conservation has a role to play in the elucidation of the site and of the material recovered from it, and the process often starts with field stabilization and even before that with the planning process.
Field stabilization (also often referred to as “first aid for finds”) aims to prevent objects from deteriorating both chemically and physically by using correct lifting, recovering, packaging, transportation, and storage procedures. Not all objects require intensive conservation treatment in a lab-based setting, but all objects require field stabilization.
Key Issues/Current Debates/Future Directions/Examples
During burial, objects are prone to biological, chemical, and physical decay. They are affected by a number of environmental factors including the presence of water and oxygen, the degree of acidity or alkalinity, the temperature and redox potential...
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