Thesis / Dissertation

A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO THE INFLUENCE OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTENTS ON THE CONDITION OF POLYETHYLENE PACKING BAGS

Karen Thompson, Petronella Nel (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

Plastics in packing and storage is rarely afforded more than cursory mention, though arguably this is where museums will find a substantial volume of their plastics. The most significant collection risk from plastic failure is the resultant dissociation – loss of labelling information, materials losing critical contextual relationships – eroding research value. The aim of this research was to fill this apparent gap in literature. First, to assess the condition of plastic bags used to pack archaeological material. Then to investigate whether the nature of the contents, or characteristics of the plastic bags, influences the condition of the plastic packing material. It was hoped guidelines fo..

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