UCLA/Getty Conservation Program

A graduate conservation training program focusing on the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials

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Articles on Student and Faculty Research in latest ICOM-CC Ethnographic Conservation Newsletter

The latest issue of the newsletter of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Ethnographic Collections features two articles highlighting research by a student and a faculty member of the UCLA/Getty Program.

The first article, written by 3rd year student Linda Lin, evaluates methods for characterizing native-processed gut materials used by Alaskan cultural groups using information obtained from ethnographic literature on gut manufacture and use, examining marine mammal geographic ranges, and looking for distinguishing morphological traits of intestinal material. Texts on mammalian biology and histology were also used to understand structural and morphological features of sea mammal intestines and determine whether differences could be identified between the gut materials of different marine mammals.

The second article discusses research conducted by Prof. Ellen Pearlstein, in collaboration with scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute, to study the fading behavior of selected feathers found in anthropological collections. The goal of the research is to create lighting display guidelines for anthropological featherwork. The formulation of these guidelines will take into account an accurate understanding of feather color chemistry, cultural use of the feathers including color selection and exposure through prior use, and accelerated fading with and without ultraviolet radiation.

Article by alum Molly Gleeson (’08) in latest NMNH “Arctic Studies Center Newsletter”

The latest issue of the Arctic Studies Center Newsletter, published by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, features an article written by program alum Molly Gleeson (’08) on a project she did during her 3rd year internship at NMNH’s Anthropology Conservation Lab. In the article Molly discusses the treatment of a Yup’ik ground squirrel parka which is part of the exhibit Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska opening at the Anchorage Museum in May 2010. Also make sure to check out the rest of the newsletter for more articles on the work the conservators are doing in preparing about 600 Alaska Native objects for their return to Alaska for exhibition and future study.