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Post-X Metals Conference

Archaeology Group; Metals Group

From: Monday 24.02.20
at 10:00am
To: Monday 24.02.20
at 5:00pm

Museum of London, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Rd, Hoxton, London N1 7E


General Admission: £35.00

Students: £25.00

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Presentations by international speakers on the post-excavation conservation, investigation, storage and archiving of archaeological metal objects. There will be a particular focus on recent Cardiff University research into the use of desiccated microclimates to store iron and copper alloys. The day will end with guided tours of the Museum of London Archaeological Archive, which is the largest archaeological archive in the world.


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10.00 -10.30 - Registration

Session 1 – X-radiogaphy and Analysis

10.30 - Establishing standards for the digital radiography of archaeological materials. Karla Graham and Claire Tsang, Historic England.

11.00 - From X-radiography to tomography: a quest for the ideal imaging technique for archaeological metal. Janneke van der Stok,Tonny Beentjes, Ineke Joosten, Lambert van Eijck, Dominique Ngan-Tillard, Maarten van Bommel. University of Amsterdam.

11.20 - Session questions

11.30 - 11.55  - Tea break

Session 2 - Conservation Treatments

12.00 - Conservation of ancient, completely corroded, copper bowl: Experimental study of gap-filling via new nano-polymer. Saleh Mohamad, Fayoum University.

12.20 - Conservation treatment of a copper-alloy bathtub from the Stabian thermal baths in Pompeii. Eleonora Piccirillo.

12.40 - Conservation of a recently excavated anti-resurrections infant coffin from Euston, London. Lucie Altenburg, MOLA.

13.00 - Session questions

13.15 -14.00 - Lunch

Session 3 – Long-term stability and storage

14.00 - Terrestrial archaeological ironwork: an assessment of past treatments. Penny Hill, St Fagans National Museum of History.

14.20 - Repacking the metal finds from Wharram Percy. Charlotte Tomlin, Spencer & Fry.

14.40 - The Desert in the Dry Dock: Desiccation on a Grand Scale. Nicola Grahamslaw, SS Great Britain Trust.

15.00  - New research in the use of desiccated microclimates to store archaeological metals. Nicola Emmerson, Cardiff University.

15.30 - Session questions

15.40 - Tea break

16.00 - 16.45 - Tours of Archaeological Archive

Important dates:

23 January 2020: registration opens

21 February 2020: registration closes