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Bags, Biomarkers, and Biographies: Keeping up with Archaeological Science in the Collections Repository

By Wendi Field Murray (Preventive Care Network) and Julie Unruh (Archaeology Heritage Network) for PCN

Walk through any archaeological collection and you walk through a historical archive of collections storage practices. Some objects may have never left the paper bags they were placed in at the time of excavation. Others have been rehoused in archival materials that protect them from the agents of deterioration against which we are trained to be vigilant.

Our understanding of best practices for collections storage evolves as materials science evolves, and we realign our storage decisions to maximize research potential. However, determining appropriate parameters for archaeological collections storage is complicated not only by the diverse interests of researchers (Baars 2010), but increasing concern about sample damage or contamination across an evergrowing number of archaeometric methods.


From the Executive Director

It’s September and Now is the Time to Renew — I’d Love to Hear from You!

Renewals: September is here, and that means it’s time to renew your membership with AIC. But more than that, renewing is about showing your commitment to our shared vision and values. Your timely renewal helps keep AIC steady, ensuring we’re always ready to support you.

Over the next month, you’ll be reminded that membership renewal season has begun. We’ll be gently nudging you about membership renewals. We’ll share more about what we’re working on for you! For a taste, you will hear about our efforts to update our code of ethics and bylaws, refining the professional membership application process, and carving out opportunities for leadership. We’ll be tackling big issues in the field.

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