Conservation Services

Conservator measures a dogshore preparing it to be transported.The Conservation Department at the MAC Lab is able to take on a wide variety of object treatments due to the size of our facility, staff experience and specialized equipment. The Lab specializes in the treatment of archaeological iron, copper alloy, white metals, ceramic, glass, wood, bone and leather. Some of our treatment services include but are not limited to:

  • Air Abrasion
  • Ceramic and Glass Mending
  • Corrosion Inhibitor Treatments
  • Desalinization
  • Devitrification
  • Electrolytic Reduction
  • Freeze Drying
  • Paint Stripping
  • Photomicrography
  • Polyethylene Glycol Treatments
  • Protective Coating Applications
  • Stain Removal
  • Vacuum Consolidation
  • X-radiography
  • Collections/Conservation Assessments

Historic glass bottles that have been conserved at the MAC Lab.


The Lab also has the use of a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer and Scanning Electron Microscope for the purposes of material analysis.