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Bridge over Olduvai Gorge: Capacity building and conservation of lithics and fossils

F Peters, R; Ohara-Anderson, E; Díaz Pila, E; (2017) Bridge over Olduvai Gorge: Capacity building and conservation of lithics and fossils. In: Proceedings of the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference. (pp. p. 1104). International Council of Museums ICOM: Copenhagen, Denmark. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores decision-making processes involved in the conservation of lithics and fossils excavated at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. The site is renowned for discoveries of early humans from the Palaeolithic period, lithics and fossils that document the evolutionary history of humans, vertebrate fauna and their environment over the last two million years. Excavated specimens are treated in situ, at the field laboratory and at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in London. Factors such as accessibility, ease of transportation and preparation, disposal, Tg and toxicity of resins, and ease of re-treatability are considered to decide what can be used in treatments and how. Frequently used materials include Paraloid B-44 and cyclododecane for temporary consolidation and Paraloid B-44 for adhesion and gap-filling. We have found that, in such complex contexts, the more one engages with colleagues across the disciplines and local community groups, the smoother, stronger and more sustainable one’s efforts become.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Bridge over Olduvai Gorge: Capacity building and conservation of lithics and fossils
Event: ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: 04 September 2017 - 08 September 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://icom-cc-publications-online.org/Publication...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Palaeolithic, conservation of lithics and fossils, field conservation, capacity building, sustainability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043554
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