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Sarah Watkins-KenneyQAR Lab Director and Chief Conservator

Sarah Watkins-Kenney, QAR Lab Director and Chief Conservator

Sarah has over forty years of experience in archaeological conservation and has worked for museums, universities, regional conservation services and archaeology projects around the world. She holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University (1977) and a Master of Arts degree (with Distinction) in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, London (1994).  She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC), an Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) of the Institute for Conservation UK (Icon), and an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists (MCIfA). She is also a member of ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials, the American Institute for Conservation, and of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA). She has been Board member of the SHA/Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) since 2012. 

From 1994-2003 Sarah was Head of the Metals, Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section at the British Museum, London, UK. She moved to Greenville, NC in March 2003, and joined the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’(NCR) Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) Project team as QAR Lab Director and Chief Conservator. Her first task was to set up the NCR QAR Conservation Lab following its relocation to East Carolina University. Sarah oversees the conservation, analysis and documentation of artifacts at the QAR Lab prior to their display in museums across the state of North Carolina and the United States. Since 2008 she is also a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in East Carolina University's Coastal Resources Management (CRM) program, and is researching public agency conservation management of underwater cultural heritage in North Carolina. Sarah became a US Citizen in 2013.