The East Carolina Conservation Laboratory joined with the State of Georgia to perform the conservation of a Native American dugout canoe. The canoe was delivered to the lab in 2010 by Georgia Deputy State Archaeologist, Chris McCabe and conservation was recently completed in October of 2012. State archaeologists retrieved the canoe from the lab on October 24, 2012 and a display is currently being constructed for it in a Georgian museum.
Professionals of the lab as well as graduate students from the advanced conservation class were involved in the work. Before any treatment could begin, the object was documented thoroughly including a detailed condition report, photographs, sketches, and an analysis. The object was also weighed in order to design a better treatment plan. After documentation had finished, mechanical cleaning of the object was completed and a chemical treatment was performed on the canoe.