Laboratory facilities

Conservation is fundamental to the success of all excavation projects. Scientific conservation is at the centre of all MAC’s archaeological activities in shipwreck projects.
MAC has partnered with York Archaeological Trust from the UK to design and manage the facility. York Archaeological Trust is one of the foremost maritime archaeological conservation units in the world with experts experienced in conserving artefacts from marine sites in many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and across many different time periods from Neolithic times,

through Roman, Saxon and Viking, to the Renaissance and early modern.
York Archaeological Trust is an independent operational charity and a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (CIfA), and all the conservation team are members of their professional body, the UK Institute of Conservation (ICON). This means that the YAT adheres strictly to the guidelines promoted by these professional bodies, in particular, The Institute of Conservation’s Professional Standards and Code of Conduct , and the CIfA Standard and guidance for the collection, documentation, conservation and research of archaeological materials.

Find out more about MAC’s conservation programme