Topics Related to Conservation

The QAR Lab is now open for tours! Conservator Elise shares the ways in which you can experience our lab and view artifacts.

My name is Brandon Eckert and I am an intern at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville, North Carolina.

Metal objects from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site vary greatly in their make-up, conditi

The most common material conservators encounter from the site of Queen Anne’s Revenge is lead.

What might dividers, trigger guards, nesting weights, an apothecary mortar, buttons, a powder scoop, and t

Ceramics are some of the most abundant

Salt is bad for most things; it breaks apart glass and ceramics, corrodes copper alloys, and contributes to the decay of organic materials.

After 300 years on the sea bed, the condition of objects is highly variable. When objects are in very good condition it’s easy to tell what they are made of, but when things have rusted, rotted, and decayed away that gets a lot harder.

After resting on the ocean floor for 300 years, it is only natural that the artifacts would become salty. The salt in seawater is soluble (dissolved in a liquid, such as water) which allows it to enter most of the materials found on the site.