Workshop 1

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/
April 23rd 2009
10am until 4.30pm


Session 1 - The what, where, when and why of ivory studies
Session 2 - Sampling and analysis - problems and potentials
Session 3 Conservation & curation of ivories and approaches to questions problems


Registration from 9.30am


10.00 am - 10.15 am welcome address


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


Paper 1: What can proteins do for us?
Matthew Collins (Archaeology Department, University of York)


Paper 2: The potential for DNA analysis
Michael Hoffreiter (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology/Leipzig; Biology Department, University of York)


Paper 3: Why do we need stable and radiogenic isotopes?
Julia Lee-Thorp (Archaeological Sciences, Division of AGES, University of Bradford) & Ashley Coutu (Archaeology Department, University of York)


Paper 4: Discerning and interpreting evidence of working and wear.
Caroline Cartwright (Conservation and Scientific Research, The British Museum)


11.30 am to 11.45 am Tea and coffee


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


Paper 1: The claims and limitations of ‘non-destructive’ investigative and analytical techniques
Sonia O’Connor (Archaeological Sciences, Division of AGES, University of Bradford)


Paper 2: Destructive sampling and research potential: the researchers view
Steve Ashby (Archaeology Department, University of York)


Paper 3: Destructive sampling of a finite resource: the curators view
Richard Sabin, (Curator, Mammals Group, Department of Zoology, the Natural History Museum)

1.00 pm to 2 pm Lunch


Session 3 Approaches to the conservation & curation of ivories


Paper 1: Aspects of conserving archaeological ivory finds
Rose Johnson (Museum of London Specialist Services, Conservation)


Paper 2: Conservation of fine art ivory objects from the V&A
Alan Derbyshire (Books and Paintings Section, Victoria & Albert Museum)


Paper 3: Conservation approach to the treatment of early medieval ivories.
Clare Ward (Conservation and Scientific Research, The British Museum)


3.15 pm to 3.30 pm tea and coffee


Plenary session


4.30 Close.