The BAR conservation lab, located in the Department of State headquarters in the R.A. Gray building in Tallahassee, is responsible for the stabilization and preservation of artifacts in the state’s archaeological collection. Annually, the laboratory conserves numerous artifacts collected from state lands and waters. Its services are contracted by outside federal, state and local agencies as well private individuals.
The Conservation Lab is specially equipped and designed to accommodate and stabilize both large and small objects. Artifact material types range from metals (iron, copper, tin, lead, silver and gold) to inorganic materials including wood, leather, rope and textile. The lab typically treats artifacts such as cannons, anchors, prehistoric Native American canoes, cannonballs, artillery shells, architectural components, guns, bayonets, leather shoes, and coins.
Tours are available by request. For information on touring the facility, call 850.245.6444.