Workshop 1 abstracts


Abstracts and links to presentations are being added as they become available.

Session 1 - The what, where, when and why of ivory studies

What can proteins do for us? mov
Matthew Collins (Archaeology Department, University of York)

The potential for DNA analysis
Michael Hoffreiter (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology/Leipzig; Biology Department, University of York)

Why do we need stable and radiogenic isotopes? mov
Julia Lee-Thorp
(Archaeological Sciences, Division of AGES, University of Bradford) & Ashley Coutu (Archaeology Department, University of York)

Discerning and interpreting evidence of working and wear.
Caroline Cartwright (Conservation and Scientific Research, The British Museum)

Session 2 - Sampling and analysis of ivories - problems and potentials

The claims and limitations of ‘non-destructive’ investigative and analytical techniques
Sonia O’Connor (Archaeological Sciences, Division of AGES, University of Bradford)

Destructive sampling and research potential: the researchers view
Steve Ashby (Archaeology Department, University of York)

Destructive sampling of a finite resource: the curators view
Richard Sabin, (Curator, Mammals Group, Department of Zoology, the Natural History Museum)

Session 3 Approaches to the conservation & curation of ivories

Aspects of conserving archaeological ivory finds
Rose Johnson (Museum of London Specialist Services, Conservation)

Conservation of fine art ivory objects from the V&A
Alan Derbyshire (Books and Paintings Section, Victoria & Albert Museum)

Conservation approach to the treatment of early medieval ivories.
Clare Ward (Conservation and Scientific Research, The British Museum)