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and Conservation Laboratory
F a x N o. : 527 -0306
and Conservation Laboratory is tasked
primarily on the preservation, conservation, restoration and chemical analysis
of cultural properties. It includes management and maintenance of regional
museums and archaeological sites in the country. Secondly, it conducts
training, seminar/workshop on material conservation and analysis. The Laboratory
consist of the following sections :
ON - GOING PROJECTS:
A. CONSERVATION and RESTORATION
- performs conservation, preservation, Restoration of archaeological,
ethnographic, archival and historical objects both movable and immovable.
It also plans and implement site conservation management for significant
archaeological and historical structures.
B. CHEMICAL RESEARCH
- conducts qualitative, quantitative, and microchemical analysis
of both organic and inorganic materials. It also performs palynology, petrography
and microenvironmental studies.
C. HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT SECTION
- plans, organize and implement training programs and seminars
on the field of conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
D. TECHNICAL SERVICES SECTION
- administrative functions, documentation, pest control and
publication of technical reports.
1. CONSERVATION OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL
|Conserved and restore ceramics, metals, wood, ivory and
other materials recovered from Lena Shaol, Palawan.
2. CONSERVATION OF 12th Century
||A waterlogged wooden boat from Butuan City is conserved
using the polyethylene glycol method. Two (2) "balanghay boats" were consolidated
with PEG 4000 and seven other boats are awaiting for conservation. Todate,
balanghay V is being treated by spraying and brushing technique.
3. ANGONO PETROGLYPHS DEVELOPMENT
The conservation and site development of the petroglyph was
supported by World Monument Watch Fund, Department of Tourism, and the
National Museum. Todate, researches on conservation is on-going and the
Dept. of Invironment and Natural Resources is conducting airblast test
on the harmful effect of the quarrying operation in nearby hill. Geologic
survey is also on-going.
|The Angono Petroglyphs located in Binangonan, Rizal is
the oldest known Rock Art in the Philippines dated approximately 1000 years
B.C. Originally there are 127 engravings of human and animal figures but
due to neglect and vandalism, some rock carvings are disappearing. Studies
on volcanic tuff deterioration on conservation is undertaken and site development
|A small museum, viewdeck and stone catwalk were constructed
and a weather monitoring devices were installed to record the daily environmental
In 1997, Dr. Nicholas Stanley-Price a Rock Art expert
from Scotland was invited to assist the National Museum in formulating
the site conservation and management policy for the petroglyphs.
Further geological study was conducted in coordination
with the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau and the PHILVOLCS. Seismographic
recording was conducted at the site to determine the stability of the rockshelter
during earthquake or rock blasting effect of the nearby quarry.
||Dra. Elena Charola, a rock art specialist from Argentina
was invited to assess the deterioration of the volcanic tuft where this
figures are engraved. The rock was fairly stable, however, continuous monitoring
and documentation was recommended in order to establish the rate of deterioration
due to microenviromental changes at the site.
The Angono Petroglyphs site is tentatively scheduled for opening to the
public in March 20, 1999
4. BENGUET MUMMIES PRESERVATION
The National Museum and the Provincial government of
Benguet are working together for the re-burial of the Benguet mummy, "Apo
Annu" at the Annu cave in Nabalicong, Baguias. Benguet. The local government
is now preparing the security and preservation measures of the said mummy.
A traditional burial and grand "cañao" is awaiting for the return
of the mummy to it's abode in Benguet.
||Documentation and assessment on the condition of human
mummies in the Province of Benguet is on-going. Todate, 26 mummies were
accounted and were in advance stage of deterioration. They are found in
the municipality of Kabayan. Twelve (12) municipalities were reported to
have mummies and further survey and assessment is being conducted.
The Kabayan mummy was listed in the 1998 Endangered Site
in the world under the World Monuments Watch program.
||n line with the preservation of the mummy site, a cultural
awareness campaign was conducted in the province of Benguet. Representatives
from 13 municipalities attended the workshop in Conservation the Benguet
Cultural Heritage which was held in Latrinidad from October 7 - 9, 1998.
5. RESTORATION OF PAINTINGS AND OTHER ART OBJECTS
This project is funded by the Spanish government to train
local conservators on the conservation and restoration of easel paintings.
The project implementation is in coordination with the Agencia Española
de Cooperacion Internacional and the National Commission for the
Culture and the Arts.
The workshop in Preventive Conservation of museum object
were conducted by Spanish expert from Instituto del Patrimonio Historico
Español. Conservators invited were Jose Burces, Miguel Rodriguez,
Lorite and Juan Herrares. Dra. Nieves Valentin conducted the Pest Control
workshop. The two (2) weeks workshop in the Applied Analytical Techniques
in the analysis of Paint Layers scheduked in January 25 to February 5,
1999 will be conducted by Dr. Enrique Parra Crego from the Universidad
Alfonso X El Sabio.
The 3-months intensive training course on the "Coservation
and Restoration of easle Paintings" is scheduled on March 16 to June 15,
1999. The course covers both practical and theoritical aspects of conserving
and restoring paintings and other painted art object. Deadline for application
is February 26, 1999.
1. Abinion, Orlando V., 1989, The recovery of the 12th
Century Wooden Boats in the Philippines, The Bulletin of Australia Institute
for Marine Archaeology, Vol. 13, No. 2. (full text)
2. Abinion, Orlando V., 1992, Polyethylene Glycol on Conserving
Balanghay Wood, NM Papers, Vol. 3, No. 1. (full text)
3. Naranjo, SR, Susan, et. Al, 1992, Deacidification of
Cotton Textile by Dilute Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) : An Experimental Conservation
Treatment of a Kiangan Skirt, NM Papers, Vol. 3, No. 2. (full text)
4. Elvena, Evelyn T., 1995, The Conservation of a Bilaan
Belt, NM Papers, Vol.5, No. l. (full text)
1. The Museum Environment - NM Technical Notes, No. 1
2. Field Conservation of Marine Artifacts, NM Technical
Notes, No. 2
3. Leather Conservation, NM Technical Notes, No.3
4. Care of Museum Collections, NM Technical Notes, No.
5. Restoration of Paintings, NM Technical Notes, No.
6. Pollen Analysis in Archaeology, NM Research Paper,
7. Chemical Characterization of Balanghay Sites, NM Technical
8. Conservation of Water-logged Wood, Research Paper
9. Conservation of Marine Archaeological Sites, Research
Paper (UNESCO) 1988
10. The Conservation of Archaeological Textile, NM Technical
11. The Conservation of the San Agustin Church Vestments,
NCCA Research Paper, 1995
12. Preservation of the Angono Petroglyphs, Site Assessment
13. Museum Pest Control, Final Report, 1998 14. Country
Report, Site Conservation and Management Policy for the Angono Petroglyphs,