Susanne-Grieve

Susanne Grieve

(MA, University College London, 2005)
Office: 217 Flanagan Building
Phone: 252-328-4407
E-mail: grieves@ecu.edu

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.

Posters

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

About.com Archaeology: I'm an Archaeological Conservator and I Love It

Antarctic Heritage Trust Blog: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/earth/antarctica/blog/?p=166

The Antarctic Sun: http://antarcticsun.usap.gov/features/contentHandler.cfm?id=1714

AIC Conservation Wiki (Objects): http://www.conservation-wiki.com/index.php?title=Objects

Related Websites

Bathtub Research Project

Program in Maritime Studies

East Carolina Conservation Lab Facebook Page

Department of Anthropology Facebook Page

Department News

Dr. Holly Mathews joined an interdisciplinary discussion panel on the Ebola Outbreak. The resulting article from the Daily Reflector describes the panel and discussion!
The Anthropology Student Organization (ASO) raised funds with Project Tumara to provide education and donations for the Ebola outbreak. Check out The East Carolinian for more details!
Dr. David Griffith received the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and is announced as the Interim Director for the Institute of Coastal Science and Policy!
Check out the Department of Anthropology newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

Congratulations to our graduate students published in the North Carolina Archaeology Journal!

  • New Data, Old Methods: The Rediscovery, Definition, and Functional Analysis of the George Moore House at Colonial Brunswick Town, by Jennifer L. Gabriel, pp. 71-93
  • NAGPRA's Impact on Academic Research in North Carolina and the Southeast, by William C. Broughton, pp. 94-121
  • Archaeologists as Activists: Can Archaeologists Change the World?, edited by M. Jay Stottman (book review), by Hannah P. Smith, pp. 130-136
Dr. Charles Ewen was elected president of the Society for Historic Archaeology, one of the largest anthropological organizations in the United States.
Dr. David Griffith recently received NSF funding for the research project "Managed Migration and the Value of Labor."