2014 CONSERVATION & MAGAZZINO
Gretchen Meyers, Franklin & Marshall College: Director of Materials
Ann Steiner, Franklin & Marshall College: Director of Research

Allison Lewis, Head Conservator

Bejamin Hollenbach, Laboratory and Field Assistant
Richard Bidgood, Photographer
Heather White, Conservation Intern
Kimberly Morris, Conservation Laboratory Assistant

 


Ann Steiner, Director of Research


Director of Materials Gretchen Meyers


2014 Magazzino and Conservation Report
Ann Steiner and Gretchen Meyers:

MVAP Research Lab

The research lab is active with new and continuing projects. Our staff is small this year, but making great progress. Ben Hollenbach, F&M ’13 has returned for a third season working with us, this year as Laboratory Fellow. Richard Bidgood, F&M ’76, is our photographer, and Gretchen Meyers and Ann Steiner continue to direct materials and research.


Ben Hollenbach, Laboratory Assistant

 

Above and below: Richard Bidgood, Photographer

 

To support the field in the project to explore the area of the Inscription Deposit, we have reexamined the context pottery and related material from the initial excavations in 2005. We are assessing non-inventoried metal as well as ceramic finds to see if any material might shed light.

On our list of regular maintenance, we are conducting a photography audit to make certain that documentary photos of all inventoried objects are adequate. In addition, we are organizing and consolidating our paleoethnobotany records in preparation for a full study of this important body of evidence.

Visiting scholars this summer include Angela Trentacoste, our expert in faunal analysis. Angela has completed her degree requirements for the DPhil at Sheffield University and is working on a project to analyze remains of animals to understand better their role in religious activity at Etruscan sanctuaries. She continues to study our faunal evidence as part of that process, and her work on two deposits including animal remains recently appeared as an appendix to G. Warden, “Giving the gods the gods their due: Evidence of ritual from Poggio Colla,” Notiziario della Soprintendenza per Beni Archeologici della ToscanaI Supplement I (2012): Francesco Nicosia: L’archeologo e il soprintendente. Scritta in memoria. 149-156.

Phil Perkins of the Open University (UK), in ad. We are combing through context pottery from prior seasons to find examples that may have been overlooked in the past. Evenings and weekends will find Phil poring over sherds in the Selve lab.

 


F&M Hackman Scholar, Rory Palmer

Rory Palmer, F&M ’16 is working as a Hackman Scholar with Gretchen Meyers and Ann Steiner to move forward last year’s project on roof tile and pithoi, the large storage containers so abundant at Poggio Colla. Rory is developing a descriptive “encyclopedia” of the ceramic fabric used for both tile and pithoi. Using the Dinolite microscope, he is photographing at 20X several examples of pithoi and tile from Poggio Colla and the Podere Funghi. The Dinolite software allows both photography and precise measurement of inclusions. Results will include an assessment of fabric range within single examples as well as establishment of fabric groups both within categories and across both tile and pithoi. Rory’s work will result in another step forward in our ongoing study of the ceramic industry that supported activities at Poggio Colla.



Richard Bidgood, Ann Steiner, Gretchen Meyers, and Ben Hollenbach
showing Poggio Colla finds to Paolo Pasquali

MVAP Conservation Lab

The 2014 Conservation Lab staff consists of Head Conservator, Allison Lewis (Oakland Museum of California), Etruscan Foundation Conservation Fellow, Heather White (UCLA/Getty Conservation Program), and Conservation Field School Student, Kimberly Morris.


Head Conservator Allison Lewis excavates a find in Trench PC 27.


Daily finds processing, more in-depth conservation treatments, and a special documentation project have kept the MVAP conservation staff busy this season. The conservation laboratory has been cleaning and stabilizing recently excavated finds, working with many ceramic vessel fragments and metal artifacts. Earlier in July, conservators were called to the site to excavate a fragile copper alloy object, which is still undergoing treatment. This season the conservation lab has also undertaken a special documentation project, using a technique called RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) to record and study the surfaces of selected artifacts. RTI software combines a series of digital photographs of an object and special reflective spheres into a dynamic file that allows the user to examine the photographed surface under a range of lighting conditions. The technique allows us to see and enhance subtle surface details that are nearly invisible to the naked eye. The conservation staff has been using RTI to image artifacts like weathered stamped bucchero ceramic fragments and worn inscriptions.

 


Etruscan Foundation Conservation Fellow, Heather White

 



Conservation Laboratory Assistant, KimberlyMorris



Head Conservator Allison Lewis

 

For reports and more information on research projects, see Research. For photographs of key finds from trenches in the recent season, see Finds.

For information on the Conservation Lab, see below. For additional information on the lab and magazzino, visit the Labs page listed under Facilities.

 

About the Conservation Lab

In the conservation lab, conservators and assistant conservators clean, conserve, and label finds. Conservation involves the repair, consolidation, and preservation of material remains. In special cases, our conservators will come up to the site and assist in the removal of fragile remains. Conservation work requires expertise in art history, science, and studio art, and an understanding of archaeological methodology.


2007 Conservation and Illustration lab and staff:
Josiah Wagener, Alison Lewis, Wendy Walker, and Anne Hooton

 


Puzzle: a table of pot sherds to be matched up and joined

 


Conservation tools and chemicals used in cleaning and joining finds

 


Axe from Poggio Colla trench being cleaned in conservation lab

 


Chris White joins and restores fragments of a bucchero oinochoe