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  • Rebecca Bennett
  • Honorary Research Assistant
  • rebecca.bennett.09@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca has been involved in a number of collaborative conservation projects at the Institute since graduating from the conservation programme in 2012. With Renata Peters and MSc Conservation students, she has worked on fossils and lithics from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania excavated by Ignacio de la Torre and the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project (OGAP); she also led the field conservation programme at Olduvai in 2013.

She has supervised on the MSc Conservation for Museums and Archaeology programme, taught handling sessions for the MA Principles of Conservation programme and lectured to undergraduates for the ARCL2003 course: Conservation for Archaeologists.

Her current work includes research and development towards expanding the Olduvai conservation project to encompass a capacity building and skill-sharing element involving Tanzanian conservators and students. She also provides research support to Dean Sully in his role as National Trust Conservation Advisor for Archaeological Artefacts and has conserved objects from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery of Selmeston on behalf of Sue Harrington and Hazel Welch.

Rebecca has previously worked for the National Trust, Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the PCS Trade Union.

Research Interests

  • On-site and post-excavation conservation approaches to Acheulean lithics and fossils from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania excavated by OGAP;
  • The social and political aspects of conservation: member of the Conservation and Development Research Network;
  • The conservation workforce and employment practices within conservation;
  • People-based conservation in UK contexts and public engagement in conservation;
  • Conservation of archaeological precious metals;
  • Conservation of Anglo-Saxon metalwork.
  • Editorial support for Ashley-Smith, J., Burmester, A. and Eibl, M., (eds.), 2013. Climate for Collections: Standards and Uncertainties. London: Archetype.

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