During March, Wessex Archaeology Conservator Lynn Wootten provided a series of training workshops for Wessex Archaeology volunteers. The training gave volunteers the opportunity to learn about archaeological conservation through the topics of preservation and burial environments, the use of X-rays and the packing and handling of artefacts.
The workshops were run in the daytime and the evening so that the majority of our volunteers could attend if they wished to. All of the workshops were met with great enthusiasm from the participants − Lynn’s passion for her role paired with the chance to see, handle and understand a wide range of artefacts provided a winning combination.
The training taught the volunteers about factors affecting the survival of bone, metal, textile and organic remains as well as glass and stone. The training then used case studies to highlight how to best protect and preserve artefacts based on their material and condition. The knowledge gained during the workshops will come in handy for our volunteers who work with the finds team processing a variety of material.
The workshops illuminated the science behind the processes we use and were enjoyed by all.