I am excited to be a part of this discussion and I appreciate the time that Giovanna and Mark are putting into organizing the forum board. I think that will be very useful for communication. I have also enjoyed reading everyone responses to the biography. I am really looking forward to working with such a diverse group.
I am currently the Director of Conservation at East Carolina University in North Carolina. While I am technically under the Department of History, I work primarily with faculty in the Program in Maritime Studies where we focus on maritime archaeology. Our mission is to provide education for students from all over the world in maritime history, archaeology, and conservation. We are a small faculty of 7 with diverse research interests. We work all over the world, but also focus on our own rich history on the Atlantic shore. While we do not provide a large amount of private services, we are producing future archaeologists and it is important to instill the best possible practices and standards in our students.
I am personally responsible for teaching the conservation and material culture courses, performing conservation on field finds, providing contract conservation services to surrounding historical organizations, training students in conservation and archaeology techniques, conducting my own personal research, organizing and directing the conservation lab, and assisting in/conducting fall field school planning and instruction. My position relates largely to collections by assisting in the artifact recovery and planning processes for field excavations, as well as, performing conservation and surveys of our own collection and surrounding state collections. I also serve as an American Institute for Conservation Archaeology Discussion Group co-chair where we hope to implement tools and resources to work more closely with archaeologists and to increase awareness of conservation concerns in the field.
The collections which I am hoping to test and implement this system on is for the planning stages of our annual field school. The field schools are conducted in a variety of environments and include a range of time periods from contact period to World War II. I feel that utilizing this type of system will improve communication between the archaeologists and conservators concerning the overall research goals of the project as well as provide a useful platform for the conservator to make treatment decisions.
I feel comfortable sharing information with the group for the most part. Our field work is regularly published and is a matter of public record.
* Last updated by: Giovanna.Vitelli on 4/13/2011 @ 12:30 PM *