Dr. Mark Schwartz

Photos of The Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project

Conservation at Hirbemerdon Tepe


A preliminary artifact conservation program was initiated by the Hirbemerdon Tepe Archaeological Project in 2005 as an essential component of the excavation. Work was carried out in a field laboratory and at the Diyarbakir Museum, with a focus on reconstructing pottery and cleaning and stabilizing clay, copper alloy artifacts and other small finds selected by the Turkish government authorities for permanent accessioning in the local museum.

The 2005 field conservation experience will provide the basis for developing a more comprehensive project for the upcoming 2006 and subsequent excavation seasons. Written and photographic conservation records will be incorporated into the computerized archaeological database for systematic record-keeping. Project funds will contribute to the purchase of necessary laboratory equipment, supplies, and storage materials to ensure appropriate conservation treatment of excavated material and to meet preservation goals.

In addition to artifact conservation, long-term objectives will include investigating possible solutions for the preservation of the site considering its impending submersion under water with the completion of the Ilisu Dam; maintaining high professional standards through a commitment to research and good practice; and making conservation training opportunities available to local students and archaeologists.


Conservator Karen Abend stabilizes the portable hearth found in the High Mound
Conservator Karen Abend stabilizes the portable hearth found in the High Mound

  Last Modified Date: June 10, 2016
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