Susanne Grieve

(MA, University College London, 2005)
Office: 217 Flanagan Building
Phone: 252-328-4407

About Me

I am the Director of Conservation and an instructor at East Carolina University in cultural heritage preservation, material culture, and archaeology. My research interests focus on archaeological conservation, in particular from maritime environments, the preservation of organic residues, the deterioration processes of organics and modern materials, and material culture theory.

I received a Bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida in Anthropology with a focus on underwater archaeology and conservation, working as a laboratory assistant and crew chief. While studying at UWF, I attended the Nautical Archaeology Society foreshore archaeology course with Flinders University in South Australia. After finishing my undergraduate work, I completed an internship with the Clemson Conservation Center on the preservation of organic materials from the Civil War submarine, the H.L. Hunley, in South Carolina. In 2005, I completed a Masters degree in conservation from the University College London where I was a Masters Student Representative. I also served as the Senior Conservator on the USS Monitor project, an early Civil War ironclad, at The Mariners' Museum in Virginia. During that time, I worked with the Antarctic Heritage Trust on the preservation of the historic bases in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica over the winter period in 2008 and as Lead Conservator during winter 2012. In addition to my work in the United States, I have enjoyed field work in a variety of locations including surveys, research projects, and volunteer conservation projects in Australia, Antarctica, Cyprus, Israel, Namibia, South Africa, and Haiti.

Memberships and Certifications

  • Professional Associate, American Institute for Conservation
  • Archaeology Discussion Group Co-Chair, American Institute for Conservation
  • Wooden Artifact Program Chair 2009, American Institute for Conservation
  • Lecturer 2012-2013, Archaeological Institute of America
  • Board of Directors, North Carolina Preservation Consortium
  • Secretary, North Carolina Museums Council
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • International Council of Museums
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • International Institute of Conservation
  • Heritage Preservation-Condition Assessment Program (CAP) surveyor
  • PADI Tec Deep, AAUS Scientific Diver Certification

Courses Currently Taught

  • HIST3993: Approaches to Historical Objects
  • HIST4533: Directed Studies in History
  • HIST6840: Introduction to Archaeological and Museum Artifact Conservation
  • HIST6845: Advanced Archaeological and Museum Artifact Conservation
  • HIST6825: American Maritime Material Culture
  • HIST6992: Directed Studies in History

Selected Publications

Grieve, S., Powell, E., and N. Wittig, 2012, Inherent Vice: Conservation of a Rubber Terrain Model Map from World War II. In: Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, In Publication.

Sangouard, E. and Grieve, S., 2010, Evaluating Treatments for Waterlogged Lignum Vitae Objects from the USS Monitor. In: Proceedings of the 11th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, North Carolina, 2010.

Grieve, S., Watson, N., Fastier, A., 2009, "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield": Preservation of the Early Explorers Bases in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica. In: Society for Historical Archaeology, Electronic Session, Toronto, January 6-10.

Grieve, S., 2008, The Excavation, Conservation, Storage and Display of Rubber Artifacts Recovered from the USS Monitor (1862). In: Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Volume 47, Number 2, pp. 139-148.

Grieve, S., 2007, Documenting Fragile Material through Molding and Casting: Uses for the Archaeological Record. In: V. Mastone (ed.), ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings 2007, pp. 63-68.

Grieve, S., 2007, The Conservation of mid-19th Century Waterlogged Rubber. In: Proceedings of the 10th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Amsterdam, 2007, pp. 677-686.

Grieve, S., 2007, Leather Shoes from the Civil War: The Excavation, Conservation, and Interpretation of Footwear from the USS Monitor Including Case Studies. In: Proceedings of the 10th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Amsterdam, 2007, pp. 723-740.

Mardikian, P., Baatz, J., de Vivies, P., Drews, M., Grieve, S., and Nicot, F., 2004. A Preliminary Investigation into the Effects of Diammonium Citrate on Waterlogged Leather from the H.L. Hunley Submarine (1864). In: Proceedings of the 9th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Copenhagen, 2004, pp. 513-532.


McCandless, K., Mazow, L., Kennedy, A., and S. Grieve, 2011, Control Methodologies in Organic Residue Analysis Using FT-IR Spectroscopy. In: American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Conference, San Francisco.

Tillapaugh, K., Howard, BJ, McCandless, K., Grieve, S., Mazow, L., Kennedy, A., 2011, Organic Residue Analysis to Determine the Function of Ancient Bathtubs. In: ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week.

Mazow, L., Grieve, S., Kennedy, A., Tillapaugh, K., Howard, B.J., 2010, Investigating the Function of Ancient 'bathtubs' Using Organic Residue Analysis. In: American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Conference, Atlanta.

Grieve, S., Jalilehvand, F., Blanchette, R., Jurgens, J., Plaia, T., Emerson, D. 2008, Collaborations for a Cure: The Study of Archaeological Wood from the USS Monitor. In: American Institute for Conservation Annual Conference, Denver.

Grieve, S. 2007, An Evaluation of Molding Materials and Techniques for DocumentingFragile Organic Materials. In: 10th Triennial Meeting on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials. ICOM.

e-Contributions Archaeology: I'm an Archaeological Conservator and I Love It

Antarctic Heritage Trust Blog:

The Antarctic Sun:

AIC Conservation Wiki (Objects):

Related Websites

Bathtub Research Project

Program in Maritime Studies

East Carolina Conservation Lab Facebook Page

Department of Anthropology Facebook Page

Department News

Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89  by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.


Haley Drabek translated the Tyrrell Water Management Study finalized in 2014 into 9 separate brochures, one for each proposed water management district. She spent six weeks visiting property owners in each district to explain the benefits of participating in the localized water management district and asking for signatures of intent to join.

Anna Claire researched existing oral history booklets at the Tyrrell Visitor Center and then interviewed elderly Tyrrell County residents who grew up in the county. She taped these interviews for safe keeping at the Visitor Center and is currently writing narrative reports of the collected information, one for each conversation partner. These reports will be bound and held at the Tyrrell County Visitor Center for interested readers. Anna Claire has also been involved with a group of children in the county with a diverse ethnic background. Under Anna Claire's direction the children are currently writing a newsletter that will report on the children's experiences of growing up in Tyrrell County, exploring their favorite places, activities, and hopes for their future.  

 Click here to see Anthropology's latest Newsletter

 Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.

Student response for Dr. Mathews:

"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."

Student response for Dr. Mazow:

"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help." 

Congratulations to them both!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.


Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

Dr. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!