Phase 3 // Restoring the vessel of soil

In the 3rd and final phase, as a conservator usually called to restore vessels, she focused on the concept of the vessel and she chose to restore and preserve the largest of them all: the earth, the soil that contains them all. 

She collected masses (aggregates) of soil, found in the excavated layer, and applied the restoration methods that she would normally apply to artifacts. 

Through repetitive procedures of stabilization and mechanical cleaning, the contents of the “vessel” slowly revealed themselves. Her work managed to create a transition in materiality as the soil itself became a stable object that gained longevity and monumentality, a vessel not only for physical objects but also for information on material culture as regarded in archaeology, as well as the landscape itself.

 

The project engaged with the public for commenting on the importance of soil as an organic material but also for giving a glimpse in the work of the archaeologists, as it offered a view in what they see.