Summaries of two interdisciplinary workshops on the integration of conservation and archaeology are now available online from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Included are full transcripts of the panel presentations and discussions and summaries of the key points of both workshops.
"Integrating Conservation and Archaeology: Exploration of Best Practices" (2013) brought together conservators and archaeologists for a dialogue about the integration of conservation and field archaeology. Panelists shared their experiences about what constitutes responsible conservation, preservation, and stewardship of archaeological resources. The panel discussed movable and immovable cultural heritage, including terrestrial and maritime archaeological sites. The workshop was sponsored by the AIA Conservation and Site Preservation Committee, the GCI, and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
"Interdisciplinary Studies: Archaeology and Conservation" (2014) featured archaeologists and conservators heavily involved in educational efforts in their respective disciplines and discussed the subject of the cross education of both fields and the need for interdisciplinary studies. This workshop was sponsored by the AIA Conservation and Site Preservation Committee and the GCI.