Workshop Held on May 8

IDENTIFYING COLLAGEN-BASED MATERIALS IN CULTURAL OBJECTS

Presentations to be held at

HALLER HALL in the Geological Building

24 Oxford Street on the Harvard University Cambridge Campus

Thursday May 8 from 9:00 – 11:30 am 

Presentations and practical demonstrations will highlight work being conducted as part of a 2013-14 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training grant. The project uses peptide mass fingerprinting (PMF), an accurate and sensitive technique to identify mammalian material to the species level with a single micro-sized sample. The presentations will focus on collaborative work involving primarily Alaska Native objects of skin, gut and sinew, as well as other recent results from collagen-based materials (i.e. parchment, binders, and glues) held in museums and libraries.

The demonstrations will provide a close-up look at the step-by-step sampling and analytical process. There will be an opportunity for participants to tour the Peabody Museum conservation lab and the FAS Division of Science Mass Spectrometry lab in order to observe the sampling process, examine comparative materials, and to view the equipment, including the Bruker MALDI-TOF/TOF instrument). 

Tours of Peabody Museum conservation lab and FAS Division of Science Mass Spectrometry lab will follow from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Coffee and snacks will be served throughout the morning, beginning at 8:45 am.

Please inform us if you plan to attend the presentation and/or tours on the registration page at http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/pmfcm/workshop-registration (Note: Lab tour will be limited to 30 people). Visit our website to learn more information about the project: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/pmfcm.

Parking Options: The underground parking garage at 52 Oxford Street is the nearest parking for the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 and the Geological/Haller Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.   The website for parking is: www.campusservices.harvard.edu. The page of Harvard Campus Services will be displayed. Click on “Parking” and then “Click here to Purchase a Permit Online.”  Follow the instructions and use the Departmental code of 2019 to purchase your permit ’52 Oxford Street WEEKDAY’. Print the parking permit and bring with you on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  You will stop at the guard house as you enter 52 Oxford Street. The attendant will ask for the permit, which will be displayed in your card on the dashboard, while your car is in the garage.  You will be given a SWIPE card which you will use to gain access to the garage and will need it available to call the elevator to return to your car.

This workshop is possible with support of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a National Park Service unit.