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East Carolina Conservation Laboratory
Department of History
279 Flanagan Building, East Fifth Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
Phone: 252-328-4407 Fax: 252-328-6754
Email: Susanne Grieve,
Director of Conservation

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Welcome to the East Carolina Conservation Lab

The East Carolina Conservation Laboratory at ECU was previously founded as the Maritime Conservation Lab in 1989 by Dr. Bradley Rodgers. The laboratory is a conservation facility that has successfully operated in the field of contract and project archaeological conservation for over 20 years.

The laboratory offers a wide range of conservation services including the stabilization and preservation of archaeologically recovered artifacts from both terrestrial and underwater projects. The laboratory staff can also provide material fabrication analysis of wood, iron, copper and alloys, miscellaneous metals, ceramics, glass, stone, textiles, and organics other than wood.

The laboratory specializes in safe non-toxic conservation methods using minimal intervention procedures in order to achieve artifact stabilization while leaving artifacts safe to handle. These services include:

  • Stabilization of archaeological materials for curation or long-term storage.
  • Packaging, dehydration, and pH protection of artifacts for long-term storage.
  • Chloride removal, cleaning, dehydration, and protective coating of metals.
  • Micro excavation, with wear and manufacture analysis of specified artifacts.
  • Reversible and environmentally ethical conservation procedures.


Volunteer Opportunities: We are looking for individuals interested in lending a hand in the Archaeology Curation Lab! For more information contact Eva at

More Volunteer Opportunities: Join us for a weekend at Camp Tuscarora on September 14th and 15th as we return to help the Boy Scouts restore several of their historic flags. If you would like to join contact Susanne at

In July 2013, ECCL conducted a Study Abroad Program on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Israel. The students gained valuable experience by visiting several sites around the country and taking part in various preservation projects. For more information check out our Facebook page!