Southeast Asia | Conservation

The Freer|Sackler’s Department of Conservation and Scientific Research is widely known for its contributions to research. These include technical studies of museum artworks and materials as well as new conservation methods.

Southeast Asia-focused projects:

Post-Excavation Campaign in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The research program LANGAU , inspired by the Old Khmer word for copper (langau), studies copper-based metallurgy in Cambodia. Donna Strahan, head of conservation and scientific research at the Freer|Sackler, was invited by the École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) to a post-excavation campaign at the EFEO Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The campaign took place January 15–24, 2018, as part of the LANGAU archaeological mission exploring a bronze foundry discovered at the Royal Palace in Angkor Thom.

Donna was involved in two main activities: conservation of the excavated copper-based and iron artifacts, and training in metal conservation for Cambodian archaeologists from the APSARA National Authority (Siem Reap) and conservators from the National Museum of Cambodia’s Metal Conservation Laboratory (Phnom Penh).

Conservation Laboratories at the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Training in Thin Section Petrography (with Louise Cort, curator of ceramics)

Forbes Symposium: Scientific Research on Ancient Asian Metallurgy