Thursday, 25 June 2015

Binchester 2015: Finds conservation

An extra blog entry today - this is a brief report by our conservator Vicky Garlick on what happens to our finds: 

Objects are retrieved from the site every couple of days, with exciting finds discovered daily. Often during conservation of these objects surprising discoveries are made, including confirming that several objects are in fact silver, rather than copper alloy.

The objects arrive into the conservation lab where they’re initially photographed and recorded. The object then have the surface dirt removed using cotton wool swabs and a suitable solvent and a scalpel is used to remove the corrosion on the surface. Once cleaned, the metal objects are then consolidated using an adhesive and solvent solution to prevent future deterioration and damage during storage or display.

The images show several of the recent finds before and after conservation.

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