The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Conservation technician interns Nikos-Arion Rigopoulos (left), Michalis Polatidis (center), and Thomas Paschalidis (right) with Colin Wallace and Nicol Anastassatou.


Conservation Technicians Complete Internship at Corinth Excavations

Nicol Anastassatou & Katherine M. Petrole

Our conservation technician interns have successfully finished their training at Corinth Excavations. For the past six months, the students gained experience on a range of tasks, from lifting and mending terracotta floor tiles from the Frankish Area to carefully excavating a medieval skeleton.

Other conservation highlights include:

  • Conserving freshly excavated artifacts
  • Conserving, mending, and aesthetically restoring ceramics
  • Cleaning and preparing marble statues for photography
  • Creating moulds of an artifact for the educational program “Sacred Prostitution in Ancient Corinth”
  • Assisting in rearranging the courtyard sculpture and architectural storage with Aileen Ajootian, Thanasis Notis, and Panos Kakouros
  • Fitting everyone inside the small conservation laboratory

The students also had various training sessions with Corinth Excavations staff and scholars, including the use of drones on archaeological sites with James Herbst, the excavation of human remains with Kostas Arberores, an introduction to photogrammetry with Colin Wallace, and a hands-on demonstration of how to use a pXRF with Andrew Ward.

After supervising the interns for the duration, Corinth Excavations Conservator Nicol Anastassatou enjoyed being able to share the techniques, procedures, and ethics of archaeological conservation with them.

Conservation technician student Eleni Maniati was able to complete the first month of work before sadly having to leave due to personal reasons.

Many thanks to Thomas Paschalidis, Michalis Polatidis, Nikos-Arion Rigopoulos, and Eleni Maniati for all their hard work here at Corinth Excavations.

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Conservation technician interns working on ceramics in the lab.Conservation technician interns aesthetically restoring ceramics in the lab.Conservation technician intern mechanically cleaning a bowl.Workman Kostas Arberores showing the Conservation technician interns how to excavate human remains.Conservation technician interns excavating medieval skeletons in the Frankish Area.Conservation team documenting the tile floor in the Frankish Area.Conservation technician interns preparing to lift floor tiles.Conservation technician interns performing the tedious work of mending floor tiles,. some of which are in hundreds of fragments.Conservation technician interns cleaning a statue in the inner courtyard.Conservation technician interns removing hard encrustations from a statue using an ultrasonic scaler.Photographing clean statues with scholar Elizabeth Milleker and Corinth Excavations Photographer Petros Dellatolas.Learning about photogrammetry with Colin Wallace.Andrew Ward teaches the conservation technician interns how to use the Weiner Lab's pXRF and interpret the results.James Herbst shows the students our drone.Intern Michalis making moulds and plaster copies of a tiny stone gem for an education program.Conservation technician interns working with Aileen Ajootian, Thanasis Notis, and Panos Kakouros to safely move marble statues.