Archaeological conservation field services

Archaeological conservation field services have resumed. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2023.

The delivery of all in-person or on-site services will also depend on Covid-19 restrictions issued by local public health and by the Government of Canada for its employees. These restrictions will also have an impact on travel and on access to various sites or other buildings.

Additionally, given the situation regarding COVID-19, response times may be delayed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers conservation services at archaeological excavations, including recovery of fragile artifacts in the field, "first aid" for artifacts and packing. CCI can also provide field schools for students. See conservation and scientific services for archaeology for additional information.

Who can apply?

Our primary clients include museums, archives, libraries and historic sites, whose principal role is to acquire, conserve, communicate, exhibit (for purposes of study, education and enjoyment) and conduct research on permanent heritage collections that are accessible to the Canadian public. The majority of expert services provided on-site at CCI are provided to these clients without cost. CCI also delivers expert services and training to public authorities and other organizations in Canada that are responsible for heritage objects or collections, on the basis of partial or full cost recovery.

How to apply

To apply, complete the Archaeological conservation field services request form.


For more information on fees, please consult the following:

Application period

Requests for this service can be submitted at any time, but they are assessed only once each year (CCI evaluates requests between March 3 and March 15 and informs clients of the results by March 17). Requests that are received after March 3 will not be assessed until the following year.

Response to new requests

CCI will respond to new requests within 3 weeks of receipt. Clients will be informed if their request has been accepted within 4 weeks of the March 3 cut-off date, and they will be told at that time what terms, conditions and fees (if any) will apply.

How are requests evaluated?

Requests are evaluated against the criteria for assessment of service requests.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the following terms and conditions (1 to 20).

Client satisfaction standard

Clients who receive services from CCI will receive an evaluation questionnaire based on the following 11 quality parameters:

  • application process
  • acknowledgement of the initial request
  • explanation of fees
  • explanation of service to be provided
  • communication during the project
  • promptness of service
  • quality of service
  • usefulness of service
  • quality of written material provided (report)
  • dealings with staff (friendly, courteous and helpful)
  • overall value

Contact us

To submit requests for scientific or technical advice, please contact the Canadian Conservation Institute.

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