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Conservation of Wet Archaeological Wood - 10 credits (HS2392)

Via critical study of published conservation literature, students learn how to develop conservation strategies for waterlogged wooden objects from archaeological contexts. The importance of understanding the properties of decayed wood, treatment materials and their interaction is emphasised. Practical issues of ethics, size, cost and retention of wood are also addressed. Case studies such as the Mary Rose and Viking York are used to illustrate aspects of treatments and policies in practice.

Staff: David Watkinson
Teaching: 10 lectures (maximum); 1 seminar; field trip to the Mary Rose Trust
Assessment: 1 written exercise (50%) and 1 examination (50%)
Semester: Autumn