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.