MAC Lab Conservation


The MAC Lab contains a full-service archaeological conservation facility that works with museums, non-profit organizations, government agencies and Cultural Resource Management firms.  The Conservation Department at the MAC Lab is able to treat archaeological and historic collections from both marine and terrestrial sites, and is outfitted to handle bulk collections as well as oversized objects such as cannon and ship fragments.  Services include, but are not limited to, x-radiography, cleaning and stabilization of metals, freeze-drying of waterlogged organics and reconstruction of ceramics and glass. 

Conservator preparing to freeze-dry a large object.

Bridle bit in situ / Xray of bridle bit.Facilities

The Conservation Department at the MAC Lab is a custom designed facility.  The Treatment Laboratory is a large room with a covered loading bay, 5-ton capacity crane for maneuvering oversized objects within this space, holding tanks for aqueous treatments, and in-house Reverse Osmosis and Deionized water systems.  The majority of cleaning and chemical treatments take place within this space, whereas the Finishing Lab is used to prepare objects for return and display.  There is also a Material Science Lab containing analytical equipment to aid in the research and treatment of objects.


Conservator air abrading metal object.FAQs

Conservation is a profession dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage collections.  To learn more about what conservators do, current MAC Lab projects, internship opportunities, etc., review these frequently asked questions. 

Conservation Forms

Conservation Service Rates

Conservation Work Order Request

Conservation Release Form

To contact the Head Conservator, please call 410-586-8577 or email: