Christopher M. Dostal, PhD


Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Associate Director, Conservation Research Laboratory
Director, Analytical Archaeology Laboratory


Chris Dostal, a former submarine sailor from the US Navy, received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in 2011, and his MA (2015) and PhD (2017) in Anthropology with a specialization in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University. 

Chris has participated in projects in the US, Croatia, and Portugal, and his research focuses on the documentation and conservation of waterlogged cultural heritage materials. At the Conservation Research Laboratory, his main focus has been on the 18th-century ship found below the World Trade Center in Manhattan, the 18th-century ship discovered under the modern waterfront in Alexandria, VA, and the conservation of the cannon from the Castillo de San Marco National Park in St. Augustine, FL.

Interests: Archaeological Conservation, XRF elemental analysis of artifacts, 3D modeling, laser scanning, photogrammetry, and North American ship construction

email: dostalc@tamu.edu 

 

 

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Technical Reports

Report No. 1 Silicone and Polymer Technologies: An Additional Tool in Conservation

Report No. 2 Re-treatment of PEG Treated Waterlogged Wood

Report No. 3 Re-Treatment of a PEG Treated Composite Artifact - A Sabot

Report No. 4 Conservation of Waterlogged Leather Using Polymers

Report No. 5 Silicone Oil: A New Technique for Preserving Waterlogged Rope

Report No. 6 Conservation of 17th Century Canvas Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 7 Silicone Bulking of Waterlogged Cork Using PS340, PS341 and PS343 Silicone Oils

Report No. 8 Conservation of Waterlogged Corn Cobs Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 9 Consolidation of Formalin Treated Marine Crustacean Specimens Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 10 Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) Leather Dressing

Report No. 11 Mass Spectrographic Analysis of Out Gasses Created From The Dehydration of Archaeological Wood Samples

Report No. 12 Preservation of a Dog Heart Using Silicone Oils

Report No. 13 Preservation of a Dog Heart Using Silicone Oils: A Second Approach

Report No. 14 Preservation of Kelp Specimens

Report No. 15 Conservation of Devitrified Glass with Methylhydrocyclosiloxanes and Silicone Oils

Report No. 16 Polymerization of Polyethylene Glycol and Glycerine

Report No. 17 Polymerization Potentials of Polyethylene Glycol Compounds Commonly Used in Archaeological Artifact Conservation

Report No. 18 Polymerization of PR-10, PR-12 and PR-14 Silicone Oils In Animal Hides Using Catalyst Fumes - Keratin and Amino Acid Cross Linking

Report No. 19 Polymerization of Archaeological Waterlogged Wood Treated With Polyethylene Glycol

Report No. 20 Comparison of the Bulking Abilities of Polyethylene Glycol 1450 and PS341 Silicone Monomers--In progress--

Report No. 21 Tanning of Animal Hides Using Silicone Oils--In progress--

Report No. 22 Induced Flash Polymerization Using Low Neutron Flux Radiation-In progress