Conserving Ancestral Vessels

On July 27th, visitors to the Moab Museum got to witness an important part of Museum work that ordinarily takes place behind the scenes: the stabilizing conservation treatment of two Ancestral vessels. Professional conservator Kimberleigh Collins-Peynaud performed stabilizing treatment on an Ancestral water vessel and an Ancestral storage and cooking container, both on loan to the Moab Museum from the National Park Service. Both vessels were found in Canyonlands National Park, and are on display at the Moab Museum.

Visitors to the Museum during the demonstration had the opportunity to watch as Collins-Peynaud treated both vessels, and to ask questions about her processes. The conservation demonstration was presented as part of the Museum’s Community History Program, supported by Utah Humanities.