There are several new faces at the MAC Lab these days, and one of them belongs to delightful Airiel Scotti who will be interning in the conservation department until May of next year. Airiel comes from Chico, California where she attended California State University, majoring in Anthropology and Museum Studies with a focus on Archaeology. Airiel completed her archaeology field school at an Etruscan excavation in Italy (at one of the oldest operating field schools in Europe – pretty cool). Not only is Airiel excited to be learning conservation, but she is also very happy about the location of the MAC Lab because she enjoys exploring new places and has never been on the east coast before. Currently, along with working at the lab, Airiel continues her education with chemistry classes at the College of Southern Maryland and she is planning to go to graduate school (possibly overseas) for object conservation. With her industrious nature (she has to be forced to take breaks) and big smile we’d love to keep her around forever, but she’s a busy lady with big plans!
MAC Lab conservation staff, AKRF archaeologists, and various New York agencies continue to explore different options for the treatment of the 18th-century wooden ship found at the World Trade Center construction site. In the meantime, the timbers of the ship are being stabilized with a corrosion inhibitor to stop any further rusting of metal (like nails, bolts, and rudder components) that are attached to the timbers. Also, biocide has been added to the water tanks where the wood is held to control algae, bacteria, and those pesky breeding mosquitoes (to the relief of ALL Lab staff)!