Helen Dewolf, PhD
Assistant Research Specialist
Originally from St. Jerome, Quebec, Helen lived in London, Ontario before moving to Texas. With her BA in Fine Arts from University of Waterloo, Helen worked as a freelance artist before leaving Canada to study Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University in 1987. Helen has conserved countless artifacts from hundreds of archaeological sites, both terrestrial and underwater. She first joined the CRL as a graduate student worker in 1987, and was hired as the Chief Conservator for the CRL in 1996. Helen’s expertise is at the core of what makes the CRL one of the best conservation facilities in the world, and her craftsmanship and artistry in archaeological conservation is unparalleled throughout the world.
Helen has been an illustrator, sculptor, and fiber artist for most of her life, and she credits that experience as being essential to her work as the Chief Conservator at the CRL. When not conserving artifacts from archeological sites, Helen uses her powers for good, and is involved in activities with the Brazos Spinners and Weavers Guild, the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas, and the Handweavers Guild of America. She participates in spinning and weaving demonstrations at living history museums, historical sites, and other local venues.
The CRL works with a variety of academic institutions, museums, historical societies, government offices, and private individuals. Our goal is to create viable conservation strategies of the highest standard that can be accomplished at minimal cost. For more information, visit our services page.
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