Welcome Letter

Welcome Letter

The 12th ICOM-CC WOAM (Wet Organic Archaeological Materials) Conference in:

Istanbul, TURKEYMay 13-17, 2013

You are kindly invited to participate in this conference which will be held in Istanbul University's Congress Centre and Eurasia Institute's Conference Hall at university's central campus. The university campus is located in the heart of an urban area called the “historic peninsula” which once served as the capital of three former empires. The most important monuments of the city such as the Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar are a short walking distance from the campus..

The conference will be hosted by Istanbul University`s Department of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects. The department is the only institution teaching conservation of wet organic archaeological material, with a particular focus on the conservation of waterlogged wooden artifacts, in Turkey. The department’ staff is also responsible for the fieldwork and conservation of 27 shipwrecks found during salvage excavations at a metro construction site in the Yenikapi district. Excavations have yielded the world’s largest group of medieval shipwrecks and thousands of wet organic artifacts.

In addition to the conference programme several activities will be organized including visits to the Yenikapi Excavation Site and to the exquisite collections of the recently rebuilt Naval Museum. A welcome reception on a boat along the Bosphorus strait, which crosses from the Asian to the European sides of the city, will follow the excursion. A guided tour of the city will also be offered to the participants on the last day of the programme.

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ufuk Kocabaş
Local Organiser -Head of Department

Istanbul University Letters Faculty
Department of Conservation and Restoration of Artefacts
Division of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects

For official schedule please click here.


WOAM Coordinator

Senior Conservator / Archaeology

Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road,
Ottawa ON, K1A 0M5
E-mail: tara.grant@pch.gc.ca
Tel.: +1 (613) 998 3721 ext. 227
Fax: +1 (613) 998 4721


Tara Grant, Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, Canada

Khoi Tran, ARC-Nucléart, Grenoble, France

Emma Hocker, Statens Maritima Museer, Stockholm, Sweden

Emily Williams, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, USA

Dilys Johns, The University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ

Ufuk Kocabas, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ufuk Kocabaş Local Organiser

Head of Department

Istanbul University Letters Faculty
Department of Conservation and Restoration of Artefacts
Division of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects
Ordu Caddesi, Laleli-Fatih, İstanbul-TURKEY
E-mail: ufukkocabas@gmail.com
Tel - Fax: +90 (212) 455 57 43


Mustafa Özkan, İstanbul University Faculty of Letters (Dean)

Ufuk Kocabaş, İstanbul University (Head of Department)

Işıl Özsait-Kocabaş, İstanbul University

Zeynep Kızıltan, İstanbul Archaeological Museums (Director)

Nurgün Erdin, İstanbul University



The National Museum of Denmark, the Conservation Department Laboratory in Brede

Wet Organic Archaeological Materials - WOAM

The Working Group Wet Organic Archaeological Materials (WOAM) is concerned with the degradation and conservation of organic archaeological objects found in fresh or salt water, or during excavation of wetland or damp sites.

The group is also working with in-situ conservation, reburial, and site surveys, as well as post-conservation treatments of objects of organic archaeological materials.

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