Preventive Conservation (#8)
I chose to talk about the 8mm film and the stone tools.
Overall this applies to the film as well as the stone tools. The collection management and care of all artifacts should meet the highest standards to ensure the longevity of the artifacts. Standards should be compatible with and enhance access to the collection for scientific and educational uses of the artifacts. The collection, preparing and scientific sampling as well as maintence and curation of the artifacts should be examined and a course of action drawn up as to the goals of preservation, techniques and materials used as well as step by step instructions of steps taken to preserve the artifacts.
Next the environmental conditions should be looked at as to possible problems that might arise:
1) chemical deterioration, 2) biological deterioration and 3) mechanical deterioration.
The next thing to look at is light, there is 3 types of radiation that can affect the artifacts: 1) visible radiation, 2) ultraviolet (uv) light and3) infrared (IR) or long-wave radiation. IR can manifest as light and heat.
Stone tools preservation: locality at a given time, to validate past research, and to be available for future research and any other educational purposes. The level of risks should be minimized storing in a way to control the light, humidity and temperature.
8mm film should be: 1) clean it up, 2) sticky shed syndrome put in oven to take care of this, 3) data rot, 4) watch video from start to finish to garuntee highest quality possible, 4a) record time, date and calibration, 5) restore the film to a permanent formate, 6) 35 mm projectors no longer made so film will also need to be digitized, 7) digitized cd’s last 5 years, 8) keep moving to new format every ten years, 9) organize collections, 10)place in long term storage: 35 degree relative humidity, controlled temperature, light and stored flat. 11) document each and every step taken.
Documentation should be of the highest professional standards and the media used for documentation should be preserved according to professional archival standards. As with everything else the many new ways of documentation is now being digitized, but the old paperwork will still be kept irregardless to having things on computer.