Caitlin O'Grady
  • caitlin.r.ogrady@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7487
  • Internal: 27487
  • Room 203
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

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 EngineeringDissertation 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 EngineeringMinor: 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

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