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Post-excavation

Conservation at Cardiff

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!

+Matt Nicholas

About Matt Nicholas

Hello, my name is Matt Nicholas and I'm an archaeologist. I recently finished a PhD at Cardiff University on the analysis of early Anglo-Saxon non-ferrous metals excavated from a group of cemeteries in Suffolk. I grew up in a town called Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. With sites like Creswell Crags and Roche Abbey on my doorstep becoming an archaeologist was an occupational hazard of childhood. I was lucky enough to get my first job excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Whitby Abbey before studying for a BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford (2000-4). After my undergraduate studies I worked in commercial archaeology for a few years (in locations from Suffolk to Sudan) before studying for an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Material at UCL (2007-8). I then proceeded to spend two years employed at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (where I didn't stab myself with a poisoned arrow and only broke one object). I don’t like pickled beetroot. All posts, comments etc. represent my own personal musings, and are not representative of any past or current professional affiliations.

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