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Archaeological Materials and Sites 

The ICOM-CC Archaeological Materials and Sites Working Group is an international forum for the discussion of technical and ethical issues relating to the preservation and conservation of archaeological objects, the collections that they comprise, and the sites from which they come. The goal of this Group is to augment the existing ICOM-CC Working Groups and provide an interdisciplinary venue for discussing the conservation of archaeological materials. Its aim is to engage with and disseminate information to archaeologists, site managers, conservators, collections managers and curators. The Group is interested in in-situ conservation of archaeological sites, reburial studies, site management, and the on-going care and study of all archaeological materials after excavation.


Coordinator of the Working Group

Emma Hocker

Uppsala universitetsmuseum / Uppsala University Museum
Akademigatan 3
SE-753 10 Uppsala


Assistant Coordinators

Stefania Chlouveraki

Architectural Conservation Laboratory
University of West Attica
Ag. Spyridonos, Egaleo,
122 43 Athens,

Leslie Friedman

The Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1684

Holly Jones-Amin

The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
University of Melbourne
Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne, VIC, 3051

 Vivian Smits

Studio Västsvensk Konservering
Gamlestadsvägen 2-4 B2
41502 Göteborg

Working Group Activities and Projects 2017–2020


Specific themes of research /investigations:

The Archaeological Materials and Sites group is interested in holistic approaches to archaeological collections and sites, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Conservation and restoration of archaeological materials.
  2. Conservation strategies and management of archaeological sites: for example, impacts of climate change; protective shelter design; new techniques for documentation and interpretation; physical vs virtual reconstruction; rescue and post-conflict conservation; managing mass tourism; pros and cons of contract excavations; encouraging and involving stakeholders; repatriation issues.
  3. Conservation strategies and management of archaeological collections in storage: for example, environment control; protective furniture and packaging; documentation; encouraging and involving stakeholders.
  4. Education and training: for example; bridging the gap between educators, archaeologists, conservators and site managers; improving guidelines for on-site conservation; strategies for interpreting sites for the public.


  • Attract members, initially with the help of mentor Working Groups, Metals; Murals, Stone and Rock Art;  Wet Organic Archaeological Materials.
  • At least one annual newsletter to be shared with members via ICOM-CC website, direct email and/or Facebook.
  • Create Facebook page or LinkedIn discussion group.
  • Arrange a session at ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference in Beijing 2020 by encouraging contributions from the field and selecting appropriate submissions for paper and poster presentation using the given criteria.


A back office function for this Working Group is still under construction. Until it is fully functioning, please join this Group by contacting the Coordinator directly:  


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