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Virginia Conservation Association

The Virginia Conservation Association (VCA) promotes the care and preservation of cultural materials. The VCA offers education and training for those involved in conservation and provides a forum for discussion of pertinent issues and new developments in the field.

VCA Meeting: Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 PM

Conservation at El Caño

Conservation at El Cano

Join us to hear Ainslie Harrison, assistant conservator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, discuss the excavation and conservation of artifacts at El Caño, a 1000 year old archaeological site in central Panama. Working under the auspices of the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, Ainslie traveled to Panama seasonally from 2009-15 to assist in the safe excavation, study and stabilization of priceless tomb artifacts made of gold, worked stone, whale and jaguar teeth, ray spines, shell, resin and ceramic.


Directions to Virginia Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220

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2016-2017 Virginia Conservation Association Schedule)

Date Location Topic Presenter(s)
Sept 15 Agecroft Hall VAM/VCA
Nov 15 Va. Dept. of Historic Resources Conservation at El Caño Ainslie Harrison
Jan 19 William and Mary W&M Historic Campus Dr. Susan Kern
Mar 16 To Be Determined To Be Announced
Apr 20 Stratford Hall Spring Field Trip Phil Mark
May 18 St. John's Church St. John's Pulpit Sounding Board F. Carey Howlett

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