What happens to artefacts after they are excavated? Some, such as pot sherds and animal bone, are washed and catalogued straight away. Other objects (particularly those made of metal, wood, textile or animal skins) are too delicate to be handled immediately and need careful conservation before they can be studied. At Cosmeston this work is undertaken by staff and students in the conservation laboratories at Cardiff University. If you have ever wondered what kind of work occurs in these labs (or what a course in conservation is like) then a new video produced by Arianna Carini and Marisa Kalvins (current conservation students) will introduce you to the department, people and equipment:
We hope to bring you an account on the conservation of the Cosmeston archive soon, so if you enjoyed this video keep your eyes peeled!