Hair today, gone tomorrow: the degradation and conservation of archaeological hair fibers

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith , C . Wayne en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hamilton , Donny L . en_US
dc.creator Sager , Rebecca M . en_US 2010 -01 -15T00 :04 :47Z 2014 -02 -19T19 :32 :09Z 2010 -01 -15T00 :04 :47Z 2014 -02 -19T19 :32 :09Z 2008 -05 en_US 2009 -05 -15 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2646
dc.description.abstract The research of this work describes the degradation and conservation of archaeological hair fibers . Chapter I will be a brief overview , with Chapter II following with a literary review and definition of terms . Chapter III focuses on research centered on the structure of hair fibers and their physical and chemical attributes . It will also focus on the archaeological and historical evidence of hair fiber use by humans . This research will help form the backbone of the paper and experiments performed . The next chapter focuses on the degradation of hair fibers in different environments . Hair fibers left in underwater , open air , burial , and arid environments are monitored for degree of degradation and brittleness . The hair fiber types used are four commonly found hair fibers types : coarse wool , fine wool , mohair , and human hair . After deposition , conservation using silicone oil treatment is tested on the degraded hair fibers . When silicone oil treatment proves to be a viable conservation method , the technique is then be applied to two artifacts . The two artifacts used are a Victorian era watch fob made from human hair and hair fibers mixed with tar from the excavation of Kittern in Bulgaria . Chapter VII deals with the conclusions of the experiments as a whole . The degradation of the fibers in different environmental conditions show that burial in acidic sandy clay is the most detrimental to hair fibers , while hair fibers from arid , dry environments are brittle , but well preserved aesthetically . The silicone oil treatments are shown to be viable treatment methods with positive results for all of the fibers tested , including two artifacts , a Victorian watch fob made from human hair fibers and hair fibers mixed with a tar -like substance from the shipwreck Kittern in Bulgaria . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.format.mimetype application /pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.subject Hair Fibers en_US
dc.title Hair today , gone tomorrow : the degradation and conservation of archaeological hair fibers en_US
dc.type Book en
dc.type.genre Electronic Thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
dc.format.digitalOrigin born digital en_US


Hair today, gone tomorrow: the degradation and conservation of archaeological hair fibers. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2646 .

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