Archaeological conservation

Excavation of artefacts

The objects consultancy lab at Grimwade Conservation Services has been engaged in archaeological conservation since 2004 and has staff members with over 20 years of field and lab based archaeological conservation experience.

Grimwade Conservation Services are the key service provider to two University archaeology collections in Victoria and to an archaeological museum. Grimwade Conservation Services conservators work in accordance with the Australian Institute of Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) code of Ethics and Code of Practice.

Grimwade Conservation Services staff are Quarantine Accredited Persons (Classes 2 to 8). The role and the responsibilities of Accredited Persons is to reduce quarantine risks. Accredited Persons have the ability to identify quarantine risks and how processing and treatments may reduce these risks. Staff hold certificates in: working at heights; general construction (white ticket) and elevated work platform operation.

Grimwade Conservation Services can provide:

  • Expertise and advice in the field
  • Immediate field response for highly significant artefacts with urgent conservation needs
  • Artefact Conservation Proposal (ACP) for significant artefacts in accordance with s129(4b) of the Heritage Act
  • Advice on management of artefacts from sites with unusual or challenging conditions
  • Testing to identify salts present and determine if desalination is required
  • Desalination of objects containing salts from marine, intertidal or terrestrial sites
  • Treatment of organic (wood, leather, plant fibre, textile) and inorganic (iron and copper alloys, ceramic and stone) materials
  • Storage supports for objects which require support
  • Detailed condition reports of treatment undertaken
  • Facilitate analysis

Grimwade Conservation Services can contribute to research questions and publications.

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