Archaeological Curation and Collections Management


Become familiar with principles and methods for curation and management of archaeological collections. Explore topics including responsibilities under federal laws and regulations (36 CFR Part 79), archaeological standards, collections policies, costs of curation, evaluating repositories, proper housing of collections, archaeological laboratory procedures, computerization of collections recordkeeping, and educating the public with archaeological collections.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists.

Detailed Agenda


Barbara H. Magid, archaeological consultant, specializing in archaeological collections management and the study of historic artifacts; formerly curator and collections manager for the Alexandria Archaeology Museum


Guest speakers

Evaluation Comments

“A good review and a good opportunity to meet and talk to other collections managers.”

“It met my expectations by getting more detailed about appropriate methods and providing resources for further research. It exceeded it by the great contacts that have been made.”

“I have a much better grasp of issues involved in collections management.”

“It was especially beneficial to see that we all have had the same or similar issues and to see how to go about trying to solve or improve situations. This is definitely one of the best workshops I have attended.”

“Many good ideas on different materials and storage.”

“The resources offered in the forms of bibliographies, web sites, vendors, and grant resources were helpful. [They’ll] allow me to take further steps to rectify less than perfect situations within our budget restrictions.” 

“I did not expect to get so many ideas. I was truly stimulated intellectually.”

“As someone who has attended many seminars, this one was by far the most helpful. I learned beneficial information regarding preparation and storage of collections. I feel much more prepared in the proper handling of collections prior to handing them over to a repository. Also useful was learning about the museum side of collection handling.”


Managers responsible for archaeological collections; archaeologists; museum curators and administrators.

Related Trainings

Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
NAGPRA Essentials
NAGPRA on-demand videos, National NAGPRA Program and NPI 

Locations and Dates


Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
$1,100 3 days / in-person seminar registration
$350 3 days / in-person seminar registration for full-time student; identification must be submitted at time of pre-registration
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Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
$800 2 days / in-person seminar registration
$300 2 days / in-person seminar registration for full-time student; identification must be submitted at time of pre-registration
NPI scholarship application, click here


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Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

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Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance are available online upon completion of training. Instructions for receiving certificates are included in the NPI Welcome Letter, available to participants once they are registered online. A certificate for a one-day seminar provides 6 training hours, a two-day seminar provides 12 training hours, and a three-day seminar provides 18 training hours.

Customized Training

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