Alexis North

Graduate Student
Philadelphia, PA

Alexis North is currently a second-year student at the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical history from New York University, and is interested in all aspects of the conservation of archaeological sites and materials, but especially the conservation of, and ethical questions surrounding, burial sites, mummies and other human remains. She has worked on sites in East Africa, Greece, and Turkey, spanning the Early Stone Age to the Late Antique period. She was a co-author of the poster “The Significance of Surface in Central African Masks: Pigment Identification of Polychrome Wood masks from the Congo” presented at the 2012 ANAGPIC conference, and author and presenter of “The Challenges in Retreating Previously Conserved Archaeological Ceramics: A Case Study from Bolivia” at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 2012 Graduate Student Conference. She is also a contributor to the AIC Objects Specialty Group Wiki. Her thesis paper will entail examining the possibility of hydroxyapatite (HAP) as a new inorganic consolidant for friable archaeological bone and mineralized tissue. She plans to use many of the imaging techniques discussed in her AIC paper for documentation and analysis.