Developing the Future of Archaeological Conservation: Report of the AIA Education and Training for Archaeological Conservation Committee

Last year, several prominent conservators specializing in the care of archaeological objects as well as interested archaeologists formed the AIA Education and Training for Archaeological Conservation committee.  The goal of the group, led by Dr. Alice Boccia Paterakis, Tom Roby, and Claudia Chemello, is to better integrate conservation and field archaeology.  More information about the formation of the committee can be found in the March 2014 issue of AIC News.
Several members recently met at the AIA annual conference in New Orleans.  Two working groups, each containing archaeologists and conservators who specialize in either land or underwater archaeology, were formed.  The first working group focuses on the identification of required competencies for archaeological conservation and the development of education tools, whether site-based training  or additions to university curricula, to meet these competencies.  The second working group concentrates on outreach and dissemination, including research of relevant publications and journals and collaboration with allied groups.
For more information about this  and other issues in archaeological conservation, please come to the ADG business meeting at 1 pm, on Friday, May 15, at AIC’s 43rd Annual Meeting.  This post is promoted by the AIC’s Archaeological Discussion Group (ADG).  For more information about ADG, please visit ADG’s webpage and visit ADG’s Facebook page.