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Flavia Ravaioli is studying for an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at University College London. As part of her course she is doing a 10-month shared internship between the Polar Museum and the Antiquities department of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Flavia studied Classics and Archaeology in Bologna, Italy, before gaining an MA in Principles of Conservation at University College London in 2011.
During her studies she did a placement in Sardinia, working on the conservation of life-size stone statues from the ancient Nuragic culture. In the past two summers she worked as an archaeological conservator at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, in Turkey.
Flavia is currently conserving ethnographic objects from the Arctic region at the Polar Museum, preparing the artefacts for display in the galleries. At the Fitzwilliam Museum, she is carrying out material analyses and treatment of Ancient Egyptian funerary artefacts.
Her research interests include management of heritage sites and community involvement in conservation. For her MSc dissertation she is researching the use of sustainable techniques and locally-produced materials for conservation.