Treatments > Testing

Goal

Favor non-destructive testing over destructive testing.

Base proposals for destructive testing on a detailed Treatment Recommendations and a Record of Decision.

Retain samples as part of the architectural fragments collection.

Interpret these treatments for the public and professionals.

Definition

"Destructive Analysis and Consumptive Use: After careful review, if the benefits can be clearly shown to outweigh the resulting or potential damage or loss, approve destructive analysis of rare or highly significant objects, specimens, and archival items, and any consumptive use of museum collections."

Destructive Analysis and Consumptive Use, section 4.2.7 Director’s Order #24 NPS Museum Collection Management, August 21, 2000.

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