Methods of Conserving Archaeological Material from Underwater Sites

Conservation of Archaeological Resources

by Donny L. Hamilton

The following conservation files were first posted on the World Wide Web during the 1998 spring semester for use by the students enrolled in ANTH 605, Conservation of Cultural Resources, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

The emphasis of the course is on the conservation of material from underwater sites, especially marine sites, but the conservation of material from terrestrial sites is also discussed.

This laboratory manual has been compiled from material gathered over the past 20 years. It consists of much of the data presented in a number of publications by the author, as well as class handouts.

This is a mine of information on conservation of materials such as bone, ivory, pottery, glass, leather, textile, iron, non-ferrous metal, gold etc...