SITE PRESENTATION \ 23study
1: G. Buccellati, August 2009

Study collections

Nature of study collections
The basic collection
The ceramic library
The conservation collection
The special collection
The zoology and natural science collection

Nature of the study collections

     Study collections contain all the objects of non museographic interest that have been collected, recorded and stored for future use. They are technical in scope, and as such they belong properly in the Urkesh Global Record, were they are treated individually. Here, one will find only a brief indication of the different types.
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The basic collection

     The basic collection contains more than 12,000 items as of 2009. It is the only one who is at the moment fully catalogued and organized for use.
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The ceramic library

     The ceramic collection is organized for viewing, but is not yet fully cataloged. It contains a large display of ceramic vessel types, arranged according to a variety of criteria – stratigraphy, ware, shape, manufacturing techniques.
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The conservation collection

     Fragmentary pieces that are delicate and fragile are stored in the conservation labs, where the conditions are more suitable and controlled than in the large storage room, and where the conservators can, from year to year, monitor the state of preservation of these items. They include primarily small fragments and scraps of bronze objects.
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The special collection

     Some fragments belonging to special categories are housed separately, even if they do not need special attention with regard to conservation. These include especially fragments of sealings that have minimal or no glyptic impressions: they are kept in a special cabinet on account of their particularly fragile condition.
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The zoology and natural science collections

     Samples of the major animal species found in the excavations are stored in the paleozoology lab.
     A similar collection of seeds ad vegetal remains is also in preparation.
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