Susanne Grieve


  • M.A., University College London
  • Director of Conservation
  • Phone: 252-328-4407
  • Office: Flanagan 217

Susanne Grieve graduated with a BA from the University of West Florida in Anthropology, specializing in underwater archaeology and conservation. While studying at UWF she attended a field school at Flinders University in Australia for foreshore and underwater archaeology. After finishing her undergraduate work, she completed an internship with the Clemson Conservation Center, where she focused on conserving the wood and leather materials from the CSS Hunley submarine. Susanne then completed a master’s degree in conservation at the University College London and joined the staff at The Mariners' Museum in Virginia later becoming a Senior Conservator on the USS Monitor project. During that time, she traveled to Antarctica for seven months to complete conservation on the early explorer's huts with the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Susanne is currently the Director of Conservation for the Program in Maritime Studies in the History Department at East Carolina University. She is an objects conservator who specializes in waterlogged organic archaeological materials, but frequently preserves other types of historical materials, conducts workshops on preservation, oversees field conservation, and performs condition surveys on a variety of collections.

Research Interests:

•Effects of chelation agents on organics.
•Application of tannin saturated PEG solutions for wood and leather.
•Treatment of waterlogged rubber and plastics.

Memberships and Certifications:

•Board of Directors-North Carolina Preservation Consortium
•ECU Special Collections-Committee Member
•Heritage Preservation-Condition Assessment Program (CAP) Surveyor
•Professional Associate (AIC)
•Archaeological Discussion Group Co-chair (AIC)
•Wooden Artifact Group Program Chair (AIC)
•PADI Tec Deep Diver

Selected Publications:

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.

Grieve, S., 2006, Archaeological Conservation of Modern Materials: A Case Study of Waterlogged Rubber Gaskets from the USS Monitor (1862). In: Journal of the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference, Volume 22, pp. 79-90.

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.


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 Documenting Fragile Organic Materials. In: 10th Triennial Meeting on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials. ICOM.

Courses Offered:

HIST6845: Advanced Archaeological and Museum Artifact Conservation
HIST6840: Conservation of Material from an Underwater Environment
HIST6825: American Maritime Material Culture
HIST3993: Approaches to Historical Objects