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Organic Objects: Decay and Conservation - 20 credits (HS2335)

A detailed review of the structure and decay of organic materials used to form cultural objects and artefacts is provided as a base for the study of conservation procedures for these materials. By understanding the chemical and physical condition of organic objects students can assess their current condition, consider their future stability and devise conservative strategies for historical and archaeological cultural organic objects. The importance on research and ethics is emphasised throughout.

Staff: David Watkinson
Teaching: 20 lectures; seminars
Assessment: 1 essay (50%) and 1 examination (50%)
Semester: Autumn and Spring