Pre-Contact Masonry Preservation and Repair

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Pre-Contact Masonry Preservation and Repair

150.00

Masonry structures require careful understanding of their materials, construction methods, conditions, and environment before any intervention is performed. This workshop will focus on pre-contact masonry in the American Southwest. The training will combine classroom and hands-on field work to give trainees an effective introduction to pre-contact masonry preservation, with special emphasis on preservation at archaeological sites. Conservation science topics covered in the classroom will include basic geology, stone and mortar characteristics, and common deterioration patterns. Working with experienced archaeologists, students will have opportunities to practice reading condition in the field and discuss when it is necessary to consult professional engineers or conservators. Professional craftspeople will lead field exercises working with mason’s tools to repoint mortar joints and stabilize courses.

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