A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
The first graduate program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation to be offered in the United States has been established by the Los Angeles-based Getty Conservation Institute and UCLA's Institute of Archaeology. Set to begin in 2002, the three-year program will be offered to ten to 12 students every other year. The first year will be devoted to archaeology, anthropology, and conservation courses; the second will offer more technical training; and the third will include excavation and museum internships. "Traditionally, conservators have been trained to work only on fine objects in museums," said Getty antiquities curator Marion True. "By providing fieldwork opportunities and a deeper understanding of the materials from which objects are made the program will raise the standard of work undertaken in the field and ensure that evidence from the past survives." The degree will be conferred by UCLA.