Conservation of Archaeological Shell Objects
Source: Minnesota Historical Society, Conservation Note #22 (September 1997)
The goal of this note is not to promulgate a panacea for all problems concerning shell specimens and artifacts. It is difficult to describe every possible object, condition, orproblem that might be encountered in the field and lab, but it ishoped that this note can help to solve some of the problems posed by fragile shell materials. It is essential to know what objects to expect to excavate at a site, and to properly plan for their stabilization and later conservation treatment. A written article can never substitute for the advice of an experienced professional archaeological conservator.