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The Museum Conservation Institute


2006 Archaeological Conservation Program Fellowship

MCI's Archaeological Conservation Program seeks to improve the partnership of conservation and field archaeology through an innovative combination of opportunities, based in the objects conservation laboratory. The program offers advanced internships in archaeological conservation, carries out conservation work in conjunction with archaeological projects, pursues in-depth technical study of archaeological materials at MCI, and provides other educational offerings focusing on conservation issues in both museum and archaeology venues.

Under the auspices of the Archaeological Conservation Program, a one-year postgraduate fellowship in archaeological conservation is available, beginning in the fall 2006. Applicants should be able demonstrate a commitment to the conservation of archaeological materials, and some fieldwork experience is preferred. A research or technical study project related to archaeological materials and utilizing MCI's analytical resources is a required component of the fellowship. Participation in at least one field-based archaeological project is anticipated.

The prospective candidate must first contact Harriet F. (Rae) Beaubien, senior objects conservator and manager of the Archaeological Conservation Program, at beaubienh@si.edu or (301) 238-1235. In previous years application was made directly through MCI, but this year it must be made by applying for a Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowship in Conservation of Museum Collections offered through the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships. Possible research projects should be discussed with Beaubien before application. For details of application, see the Office of Fellowships's website at http://www.si.edu/ofg/ofgapp.htm.

Highlights of our work with archaeological projects are posted on the MCI website at http://www.si.edu/mci/
For information about past activities of the Archaeological Conservation Program, also see:
"Archaeological Conservation Program: highlighting our work with archaeological projects in 2003," MCI, http://www.si.edu/mci/
"Archaeological Conservation Program: highlighting our work with archaeological projects in 2004," MCI, http://www.si.edu/mci/
"Conserving a room with a view," Smithsonian Institution's Spotlight on Science at the Smithsonian, http://www.si.edu/research/spotlight, vol.2 #2 (18 June 2004)
"Archaeological Conservation Program: highlighting our work with archaeological projects in 2005," MCI, http://www.si.edu/mci/