The East Carolina Conservation Lab (ECCL) at East Carolina University is the official laboratory for the Department of History and Department of Anthroopology. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Bradley Rodgers, the lab serves as a facility to instruct conservation students and to complete contract work from individuals and institutions. The laboratory offers a wide range of conservation services including the stabilization and preservation of archaeologically recovered artifacts from both terrestrial and underwater projects. The laboratory specializes in safe non-toxic conservation methods using minimal intervention procedures in order to achieve artifact stabilization while leaving artifacts safe to handle. These services include:
- Stabilization of archaeological materials for curation or long-term storage.
- Packaging, dehydration, and pH protection of artifacts for long-term storage.
- Chloride removal, cleaning, dehydration, and protective coating of metals.
- Micro excavation, with wear and manufacture analysis of specified artifacts.
- Reversible and environmentally ethical conservation procedures.