Wet-site Excavation

If you discover a wet-site, the KDLP team is available to help! We can assess and excavate water-saturated perishable materials from both fresh-water and salt-water contexts. In addition, we have equipment on hand to recover fragile perishable materials from these unique and diverse environments, and can assist with both large and small-scale excavations.

Perishable objects vary in their integrity, material type, quantity, and size. Our trained staff can transport and stabilize artifacts and ecofacts ensuring proper cleaning, recording and storage of materials is undertaken while an appropriate conservation treatment plan is created.

The KDLP Difference

The KDLP team offers a full range of wet-site archaeological services. In addition to excavation and conservation, your comprehensive service package can also include wet-site sampling design, analysis and reporting; all tailored to fit your budget. Contact us to learn more about wet-site excavation, perishable artifact recovery, conservation and what our versatile team can do for you.


Service Overview

Our laboratory team at KDLP will work with you to meet your palaeoethnobotanical analysis needs in a timely and cost-effective manner. We specialize in the retrieval and processing of plant macroremains from dry and water-saturated deposits. Our full range of palaeoethnobotanical services includes:

  • assistance with sampling design and retrieval
  • sampling, flotation and processing
  • macroremain and charcoal identification
  • quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • reporting

KDLP works in consultation with a range of specialists, including Dr. Natasha Lyons who specializes in the study of palaeoethnobotany and ethnobotany. Together our team will work with you to provide the necessary services to meet your sampling, analysis, and reporting requirements.

Palaeoethnobotany is the study of past human-plant interrelationships. This involves the analysis of plant macroremains such as seeds, charcoal, leaves, and stems. Palaeoethnobotanical analysis can help determine a range of past plant use activities, such as harvest range and collection methods, processing and cooking techniques, trade, storage and construction.


Service Overview

Our conservation department offers specialized services to suit your budget. We have successfully analysed and conserved over 20,000 perishable artifacts. KDLP prides ourselves on flexible solutions to meet both your conservation and budgetary needs.

Our conservation packages include:

Materials We Can Conserve:

We can assess, treat and monitor a variety of perishable artifacts from the most fragile fragment of basketry to canoe pieces!

To date we have conserved:

  • nearly 200 wooden digging sticks and digging stick tips
  • basketry fragments and contents (e.g. tule fragments recovered in direct association with basketry fragment)
  • ochre nodules and artifacts with ochre staining
  • wooden labrets and earspools
  • wood-working debris (including thousands of wood chips)
  • ecofacts including wapato, hazelnuts and tule
  • cordage made of bark and roots

Our Conservation Package Includes:

  • assessment of artifact condition
  • treatment plan design and implementation
  • conservation monitoring
  • packaging assessment and
  • long-term care and storage guidance

If you require conservation of these or other perishable materials, contact us and we will provide a service package tailored to your needs.

The KDLP Difference

Our team trained with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), Ottawa, ON who use the most up-to-date techniques for perishable object conservation. Our laboratory has conserved materials from both Canadian and American clients.

We will provide you with fair, competitive rates to ensure perishable object conservation can fit into your budget.