01 Jul 2009

A Brief Guide to the Principles of Archaeological Conservation

Guidelines outlining the principles that govern good practice in archaeological conservation

Archaeological conservation investigates and helps to preserve the evidence inherent in excavated physical remains of the past. This may include information regarding the methods and materials used in manufacturing an artefact, any pre-burial modifications, its use, re-use and burial and the nature of its burial environment; post-excavation restoration work may also be of historic interest. Conservation is also the process both of managing change, and realising the potential of any object or material to inform, instruct and inspire.

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