Olivier Berger - CV
1995-1999: Master of Science; Conservation of archaeological objects,
specializing in marine artifacts.
Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Maîtrise de Sciences
et Techniques en Conservation-Restauration du Patrimoine Culturel).
1994: Graduated with a degree (licence) in Archaeology from Paris I
1992-1993: Graduated with a diploma (DEUG) in Archaeology and History
of Art, taken after two years at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
1990-1991: Graduated in Biochemistry (BTS) from the National College
1989: High school diploma in Biochemistry.
CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE IN MARINE ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECTS
European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM).
Two expeditions a year : 2001-2011, Alexandria and Abukir Bay (Egypt).
In charge of the archaeological material recover, organisation of one
site laboratory, initiating first treatment, organisation and supervising
the laboratory, long term treatment.
Conservation laboratory (Organic department), Swiss National
Museum, Zürich, Switzerland.
1 year (2000-2001).
Treatment of waterlogged organics materials (basketry, rope, textiles,
Vacuum freeze drying and PEG saturation treatment.
Laboratory Arc'Antique, Nantes, France.
5 months (March to August 1999).
Treatment of composite objects: definition of pre-treatments, electrolysis,
electrophoresis and post-treatments after impregnation in PEG with an
inhibitor of corrosion solution.
Area of research : preservation of the original surface of the wrought
Drying of waterlogged organic material with a prototype non-vacuum freeze
Centre de Conservation du Québec. Québec,
6 months (September 1998 to March 1999).
Treatment of artifacts from PHIPS Wreck (1690).
Area of research : treatment of iron/wood composite objects, concretions,
electrophoresis on rope, leather and horn.
Conservation of objects in all metals, waterlogged organics and glass.
RMS Titanic, Inc. in association with LP3 Conservation
1998 Expédition, North Atlantic
2 months (July to September 1998).
Inventory, description, documentation and storage of the objects recovered.
Handling on the deck and humidity maintenance of the large fragment weighing
20 tonnes. Organisation of one site laboratory.
Direction de la Recherche Archéologique Subaquatique
et Sous Marine (DRASSM)
10 months (November 1994 to April 1995).
Professional archaeological diver for excavations.
Moulding waterlogged organic artifacts with silicon elastomere, treatment
of waterlogged organic materials, freeze drying.
ADDITIONAL CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE
Conservation laboratory, Antikenmuseum Basel, Switzerland.
2000- 2011 (part time).
Conservation of archaeological objects, from Egypt, Roman, Greece.
Laboratoire de restauration du Musée Cantonale de Lausanne,
3 months (January to March 2000).
Treatment of organic artifacts from a Neolithic and Bronze age lake-side
settlement (rope, textiles, wooden architectural elements and artifacts,
basketry, horn and bone…).
Laboratoire Départementale d'Archéologie du Val
1997-1998; Internship on conservation and treatment of all metals and
Musée National du Moyen Age
Thermes de Cluny, Paris, France.
1996-1997; Internship on treatment of archaeological artifacts.
Laboratoire de restauration du Musée des Antiquités
Saint Germain en Laye, France.
1996; Internship on conservation of archaeological objects in metal.
Institut de Restauration et de Recherches Archéologiques
1993-1994; Ten months civic service working on metallic archaeological
1994; Professional scuba diver’s licence, Marseille (Scaphandrier
Classe I Mention B).
Drivers licence: B.
Boat licence: C, S, MER (inland waters and sea).
English, Spanish written and spoken.
OTHER SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Scuba diving, Speleology, Photography.