INTRODUCTION TO THE SEPTEMBER TALK: Lynn Grant, Head Conservator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum: Conservation without Borders: Conservation Consultations in Honduras and Guatemala.
In 2009, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology conservator, Lynn Grant, was called upon to act as a consulting conservator for two exciting new finds of Maya material: the Oropendula tomb, excavated by Ricardo Algurcia Fasquelle, featured on the front page of the August 2009 Issue of ArchaeologyMagazine, and the unique group of terracotta figurines from a tomb at El Peru-Waka in Guatemala. Lynn will discuss the wonderful artifacts and people she had a chance to work with, amid the background of tunnel gymnastics, bureaucratic snafus, a political coup, and all the usual impediments to getting anything done.
Lynn Grant has been Head Conservator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum since July, 2008. She received her degree in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, England in 1985 and a B.A. in Classical Studies in 1976. Ms Grant joined The University of Pennsylvania Museum's Conservation Laboratory in 1988 as conservator for loans and Traveling Exhibits. Prior to that, she had worked as a conservator in Canada, England, and Hong Kong, and done on?site field conservation in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Jordan. Ms Grant is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. Since coming to the Museum she has worked summer field seasons at the excavations at Troy, Turkey from 1990 to 1994, and has participated in the Museum's excavation seasons at Copan, Honduras from 1995 to 2002. She is author of The Maya Vase Conservation Project, a book about a special conservation project at the Museum.