Caitlin O'Grady

Research Interests

Art conservation, conservation education and science, disaster response and collection survey, analysis and conservation of Maya wall paintings, ceramics.

Research Projects

  • Development and testing of conservation treatment for archaeological mud brick (June 2012 – current)
  • Survey and analysis of past conservation practice and treatment materials at the Department of Historic Resources (November 2008 – August 2011)
  • Analysis and preservation of Maya wall paintings and plasters in Guatemala, with Dr Heather Hurst (Skidmore College) (March 2008 – current)
  • Development of ceramic technologies and their effect on preservation in the archaeological record (September 2007 – current)
  • Interpretation and calibration of non-destructive portable X-ray fluorescence data collected from cultural materials (September 2006 – current)
  • The development of the conservation science discipline and associated technological transfer from scientific disciplines into preservation practice (January 2006 – current)


  • Kaymakçı Archaeological Project, Turkey (Managing Director of Conservation)
  • San Bartolo Regional Archaeological Project, Petén, Guatemala (Field Conservator & Mural Fragment Research Conservation Scientist)

Professional History

  • 2012-13: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
  • 2011-12: Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Conservation Education, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
  • 2008-11: Scientist II (Conservator), Division of State Archaeology, Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA, USA

Educational Background

  • 2009: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
    PhD in Heritage Conservation Science, Materials Science and Engineering
    Dissertation title: Journeys of Our Ancestors: Conservation science approaches to the analysis of cultural material
  • 2007: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
    MS, Materials Science and Engineering
    Minor: Anthropology
  • 2004: New York University, New York, NY, USA
    MA, Art History and Advanced Certificate in Objects Conservation
  • 2000: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
    BA with Honors in Art History, magna cum laude
  • Caitlin R. O’Grady, Joanna Wilson Green, Jolene L. U. Smith, Michael B. Barber and Dee DeRoche. In press. Written In stone: The role of state government in approaches to cemetery preservation. In Playing to the galleries and engaging new audiences: The public face of conservation postprints. Ed. Emily Williams. Colonial Williamsburg.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin R., Nancy Odegaard, and E. Charles Adams. 2011. Journeys of Our Ancestors: Interdisciplinary research and its influence on conservation methodologies for the assessment of archaeological artifacts. In ICOM-CC 16th triennial preprints – Lisbon, Portugal. Managing Ed. Janet Bridgland. ICOM-CC.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin R. and Heather Hurst. 2011. Lost Walls/Murals Rebuilt: Interdisciplinary approaches to the conservation of pre-classic Maya wall paintings from San Bartolo, Guatemala. In ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Preprints – Lisbon, Portugal. Managing Ed. Janet Bridgland. ICOM-CC.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin. 2009. Investigation and analysis of historic early 20th century Mexican Restoration fills/repairs on Casas Grandes ceramics at the Arizona State Museum. In Holding it all together – Ancient and modern approaches to joining, repair and consolidation conference proceedings. Eds. J. Ambers, C. Higgitt, L. Harrison and D. Saunders, pp. 205-210. London: Archetype Publications.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin R., Nancy Odegaard, and E. Charles Adams. 2009. Journeys of Our Ancestors: NDT-XRF analytical contributions to the interpretation of archaeological ceramics. ASNT 18th annual research symposium and spring conference CD-ROM. Columbus, Ohio: ASNT Publications.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin R. 2007. Manganese dioxide accretions on West Mexican ceramics: Morphological, chemical and analytical characterization of accretions found on objects in the collection of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 29th annual conference of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation post prints. Ed. Kevin Martin, pp. 78-89. New York: New York University Press.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin. 2005. The occurrence of rock varnish on stone and ceramic artifacts. Reviews in conservation 6:31-38.
  • O’Grady, Caitlin R. 2005. Morphological and chemical analyses of manganese dioxide accretions on archaeological Mexican ceramics. In Materials issues in art and archaeology VII. Edited by P. B. Vandiver, J. Mass, A. Murray, J. Merkel, pp. 182-193. Pittsburgh: Materials Research Society.
  • Mirro, Michael, Vanessa Owen, and Caitlin O’Grady. 2000. Preliminary investigations of the cultural remains in Barton Creek Cave. In Western Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project progress report of the 2000 field season. Edited by J. Awe. Durham: University of New Hampshire.
Caitlin O'Grady

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