Archaeological conservation treatment — Pre- and post-excavation

Archaeological conservation treatment services, pre- and post-excavation, have resumed. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2022. 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) undertakes conservation treatments of archaeological objects to retard further deterioration, aid interpretation, or re-establish culturally significant qualities. Treatments can range from minimal stabilization to extensive restoration or reconstruction. See conservation and scientific services for archaeology for additional information.

The request for pre-excavation treatment is used to secure CCI resources to treat objects that may be found during excavations. These services may be required to obtain excavation permits and/or to ensure objects are accepted for treatment in the same fiscal year.

The request for post-excavation treatment is used to secure CCI resources to treat specific objects that have already been excavated. These objects may already be part of a collection in a museum or repository.

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 pre-excavation treatment request form or the Archaeological conservation post-excavation treatment request form.

Fees

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 February 16 and March 15, and informs clients of the results by March 18). Requests that are received after February 16 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 February 15 cut-off date, and 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 (e.g. 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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