Contributed by Barbara Ilie
The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) is sponsoring a workshop on caring for archaeological collections Monday, March 13, 2017, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To register and learn more about this and other NCPC workshops, please visit the consortium’s Workshops page: https://ncpreservation.org/workshops/
This workshop is designed for organizations that care for both large and small archaeological collections. The instructors will discuss various archaeological objects, their material composition, and methods for stabilization and long-term storage. Learn how to evaluate and improve your knowledge of what you have and where to find it (accountability) and how to make it available for educational and scientific use (accessibility). Exchange ideas about best practices for archaeological collections curation that can be implemented by both large and small museums, historic sites, archives, and similar repositories. Explore practical and creative solutions to a variety of problems that arise with maintaining these collections. Emphasis will be placed on methods collections staff can use to preserve archaeological objects and their associated information for current and future use, and how to balance ideal curation standards with what can be achieved within the reality of limited resources.