Conservation

Current conservation efforts at Kaymakçı focus on site-level support for excavations at Kaymakçı and the processing, stabilization, and curation of archaeological materials. An ongoing training program pairs an expert conservator with students. Working with primary data, the conservation team focuses on stabilization of materials, from metals and glass to ceramics and pigments. A conservation laboratory at the research center allows for primary treatment of study materials prior to storage and transfer to the regional Manisa Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography. In addition, the conservation team oversees the excavation process, consulting as necessary when fragile or unique contexts require especially careful extraction. The conservation team also manages the closing of excavation areas with protective coverings (geotextile) at the end of each season as well as their opening at the beginning of subsequent seasons.

The conservation team is also responsible for analysis and interpretation of finds using a range of chemical and instrumental techniques to aid archaeological excavation decisions made in the field. Current research projects include reviewing the stability of conservation treatment protocols used in the field and laboratory, as well as investigations into low temperature material processing and ceramic manufacturing technologies at Kaymakçı. These collaborative research projects facilitate more nuanced understanding of finds and their preservation, as well as how they relate to site chronology, geospatial organization, and site diagenesis.

Affiliated team personnel

Caitlin O’Grady, University College London