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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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Lab History

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2012 - New Conservation Laboratory

The ECU Maritime Conservation Laboratory moved to a new location in the Flanagan building that was graciously offered by the Anthropology department and officially became the East Carolina Conservation Laboratory (ECCL).

Eglin Airforce Base

East Carolina Conservation Laboratory assisted in the conservation and cataloguing of over 560 artifacts.

Iron Cannon and Cannon Carriage

East Carolina Conservation Laboratory constructed a display and housing unit for an iron cannon and cannon carriage that was once though to be a Blakley cannon.

Modern Greece Archaeological Field School

A representative from the East Carolina Conservation Laboratory joined the ECU Maritime Studies Program on their field school documenting Modern Greece



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2011 - Boy Scout Flags 

East Carolina Conservation Laboratory treated several vintage flags belonging to a local Boy Scout troop. 

Dominican Republic Archaeological Field School

A representative from the East Carolina Conservation Laboratory joined the ECU Maritime Studies program on their field school in the Dominican Republic.


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2010 - Shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The East Carolina Conservation Lab joined the ECU Maritime Studies Program on their 2010 field school to Namibia. Work was completed on Eduard Bohlen.


ECCL attended:

  • Charleston, South Carolina Field School at Cooper River
  • Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference
  • Aziko Museums of Capetown Conference - Introduction to the Conservation of Waterlogged Archaeological Artifacts

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Queen Elizabeth I Painting

ECCL performed an analysis of a rare wood panel painting of Queen Elizabeth I. For more information click here!


ECCL gave a North Carolina Preservation Consortium Presentation and was extremely happy with the attendance.


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Dugout Log Canoe

ECCL performed the documentation and conservation of a North American dugout canoe that was under the care of the State of Georgia. For more information click here!


2009 - Washington Estuary Artifacts
Conservation was completed on artifacts from the Washington Estuary Collection

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2002 - Present. USS Monitory Advisory Committee - Mariner's Museum, Norfolk, VA.


2001. Consultant for the setup of 67 ton Chief Wawatam Triple Expansion Steam Engine, Wisconsin State Maritime Museum.


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2001. Windfield Scott Archaelogical Site - Artifact Conservation, National Park Service

Fully loaded 16th century cannon(On loan to Elizabeth II State Historic Site)

Unloading a cannon can be tricky business. This late 16th century falcon posed many obstacles to treatment but eventually revealed a full load of grape and round shot encased within a canvas bag. The powder from this 400 year old cannon was still dry.


1998-2000. Santa Elena 16th Century Archaeological Site - (Artifact Conservation, South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology)

The Santa Elena site offered the earliest historic artifacts yet conserved at the ECU laboratory. Yet prehistoric artifacts are subject to the same breakdown and decomposition that afflicts historic artifacts and must be stabilized before long term storage
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1994 - 1988. Land Tortoise

Wood analysis and treatment procedures for performed in order to ensure the stabilization of gunport covers of this unusual French and Indian War era warship. This French and Indian War vessel may be the earliest purpose built warship in North America. The Gun port lid (pictured) offered peculiar obstacles to conservation in the form of iron stains imbedded in the wood. Stains stains left on any organic material, cloth, or wood, will eventually break down the artifact.


1993. Norfolk Naval Museum - 18th century ship's anchor

1990. Virginia Commonwealth - Revolutionary War artifact