Conservation stabilises an item, archaeological conservation has the same aim but is working in and on different conditions and materials. While in the ground the environment is stable and the artefacts have generally stabilised within that environment. Once excavated and exposed to different and changing environmental conditions, artefacts can rapidly deteriorate. With a comprehensive understanding of both archaeology and conservation, Endangered Heritage can intercede in the deterioration process and stabilise artifacts of a multitude of material types before the research potential is lost.
Endangered Heritage also offers Finds Management, which is often integrated with archaeological conservation in the field, allowing a conservator to condition assess the finds as soon as possible, photograph the artefacts before any deterioration occurs, and advise on or do the storage of the finds to best stabilise them in their new environment.
The Archaeological Conservation department at Endangered Heritage consists of two trained Archaeologists who are also trained Conservators, along with Conservators of other specialisations that work across departments.
Archaeological Conservation can cover everything from Ancient Egyptian Bronzes to Bakelite Plastic and everything in between. This makes it imperative to have a team with a range of experiences, while still having an understanding of archaeological conditions.
With the creation of a database of finds, the information gathered from an archaeological excavation can be utilised straight away. As part of this service, Endangered Heritage also dry brushes the finds to remove damaging dirt, and then stores the finds in archival materials to stop deterioration while still in the field and once in long term storage.
This also ensures that finds of particular interest are ready to be shown to stakeholders when needed.
Endangered Heritage has two trained archaeologists on staff available to assist with any excavation needs.
With experience in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and Tasmania in Australia, and the Philippines, the United States of America internationally. We have worked on both history and indigenous sites.