Björdal, C. Gjelstrup., Nilsson, T. and Petterson, R. (2007). Preservation, storage and display of waterlogged wood and wrecks in an aquarium:. J Archaeol Sci 34 (7). Vol 34(7), pp. 1169-1177.

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Preservation, storage and display of waterlogged wood and wrecks in an aquarium:
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``Project Aquarius''
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J Archaeol Sci 34 (7)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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34 (7)
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1169 - 1177
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A test aquarium containing water and waterlogged historical wooden material was observed during a three-year period at Vänernmuseum, Sweden, to test the feasibility of preserving and exhibiting archaeological wood or shipwrecks in a way accessible to the public. Experiments were also set up in a laboratory environment, to provide information on single factors that could influence the long-term preservation state of wood, and other processes that may occur in the water. The results showed that wood can safely be kept in an anoxic aquarium containing water at room temperature. Algae and other microbes may occur initially, but can be removed successfully by appropriate filter systems; the water remains clear. A low-molecular PEG (polyethylene glycol) solution was found to be as successful as water, which indicates a future possibility of combining conservation, storage and display in one process. When archaeological wood contains nails or other iron items, the water darkens, owing to discolouration by anaerobic corrosion processes which involve black iron products. The iron corrosion problem would need to be solved before a full-scale aquarium dedicated to shipwrecks was built. Continued long term studies are recommended.
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Charlotte Gjelstrup Björdal
Thomas Nilsson
Roland Petterson
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Damaris D Dodds (Abstract author)
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2007
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Iron (Auto Detected Subject))
Test Aquarium (Auto Detected Subject))
Nails (Auto Detected Subject))
Wood (Auto Detected Subject))
Fullscale Aquarium (Auto Detected Subject))
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Aquarium (Auto Detected Subject))
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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05 Dec 2007