Lacasa-Marquina et al., 2014: IN SITU CONSERVATION STRATEGIES
CONCLUSION
Mediterranean tendency and characterized by
severe seasonal and daily fluctuations of its
A conservation management plan should aim to
environmental parameters.
safeguard the archeo-paleontological heritage
as they hold a wealth of scientific evidence
while ensuring its accessibility to present and
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
future generations.
This paper aims to show the methodological
This study was part of the cooperation project
process carried out for defining the basis of
"Conservación y Restauración del Patrimonio
effective conservation strategies in the specific
Arqueológico de las Excavaciones del Instituto
case of an archeo-paleontogical sample from
de Arqueología de la Universidad de Argel 2"
the site of El-Kherba (Ain Hanech). It should be
between the CENIEH (Burgos, Spain) and the
recalled that the state of preservation of
CNRPAH (Algiers, Algeria), funded by the
sub-fossil remains is the result of the relation of
AECID. The authors would like to express their
several endogenous and exogenous factors,
gratitude to all institutions involved, and
namely, the physicochemical structure and
especially to the members of the Institut
properties of bones in correlation with soil and
d'Archéologie for their help in carrying out this
air ecosystem conditions.
project.
The paper also intends to underline the
We also would like to thank the coordinators of
importance of analyzing in-depth all factors of
the workshop "1st International Conservation
deterioration in order to implement proper
Symposium-Workshop
of
Natural
History
conservation treatments and thus to avoid,
Collections" held in Barcelona, for organizing
minimize or arrest any potential or current
the meeting, and the editors of the Journal of
damage on the remains. The results of our
Paleontological Techniques for their kind
study have allowed us to conclude that severe
invitation to publish our research in this special
and rapid daily and hourly fluctuation cycles of
issue. The authors are especially grateful to
RH and T parameters are the main cause of
Arturo de Lombera and the reviewers for their
degradation of the sub-fossil sample of El-
constructive comments and suggestions on the
Kherba.
manuscript.
Far from pretending to establish standard
This research would not have been possible
treatments
for
conservation
of
archeo-
without
all
members
of
the
El-Kherba
paleontological specimens, this study aims to
excavation team involved in the recovery and
provide preliminary methodological guidance to
study of the archeo-paleontological remains
other archeological sites located in regions
during the 2012 field season. Special thanks to
whose
climate
is
continental
with
all of them for their warm hospitality and
friendship.
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