To celebrate the Day of Archaeology we arranged guided tours to the to the collections storage rooms of the museum and to the Restoration Department. With these visits we wanted to show the inside of our daily job and to explain the journey of an archaeological artifact from the site to the display cabinets.
In the Archaeology Restauration Lab, Isabel Ortiz took us through the process of scientific restauration, describing conservation criteria and used treatments in several examples such as a wooden chalice from the Old Cathedral of Vitoria-Gasteiz, an early medieval axe, and a bronze basin.
At the Bibat Archaeology museum we explained to the visitors how in addition to be just a museum we also are the deposit centre for the archaeological material of Álava province (Basque Country, Spain) and that we are in charge of managing all the archaeological interventions in the region.
During the tour we also gave a short introduction about what archaeology is, highlighting the importance of the process and the context, not just the precious objects. Then we showed the laboratory and the research room. Finally we conducted our visitors to the secrets kept in our collections storage room.
It was a great and successful experience. It would be fantastic make this kind of tours more often to keep making people aware of the value of archaeological heritage.