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Collections Management

Collections Management

PTA has been at the forefront of collections management, recognizing that the documentation and recovered artifacts from a site are sometimes all that remains for future researchers to investigate.  Care must be taken to carefully prepare these items for perpetual storage so that vital information is not lost due to faded or flaked off labels or damage resulting from mishandling.

Artifact processing is accomplished at the field office, which also houses artifacts as an interim curation facility until final submission of all project-related data to the client.  The building is climate-controlled and meets the standards for a temporary curatorial facility.

PTA maintains equipment necessary for standard processing, cataloguing and analysis of collections. 

Flotation samples are processed using a Flot-tech machine that is kept at the home laboratory, but can be transported to a remote location or operated in the field while work is in progress.  The environmentally friendly machine separates heavy and light fraction with rapid efficiency.

The laboratory is equipped with:

  • Washing stations
  • Drying racks
  • Extensive shelf and storage space
  • Work areas for sorting and bagging materials
  • Dedicated space for special samples to be held until sent for processing (e.g., C-14 samples)
Technical equipment for analysis includes:

  • Binocular microscopes
  • Botanical screens
  • Hand-held optical lens
  • Stereo microscope
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital scales
For stabilization and conservation procedures, the lab is equipped with an electrolysis center, and an array of tools and materials, such as dremels, various steel bristle brushes, microcrystalline wax, and tannic acid.

Collections management involves work with:

PTA is equiped with the most advanced, well maintained tools for managing all of our project collections with the utmost care and dedication.