Conservation And Wood AnalYses

  • Stelzner, Ingrid (PI)
  • Egg, Markus (PI)
  • Wittköpper, Marcus (Projektdeltager)
  • Muskalla, Waldemar (Projektdeltager)
  • Stelzner, Jörg (Projektdeltager)
  • Schütz, Philipp (Projektdeltager)
  • Gwerder, Damian (Projektdeltager)
  • Pedersen, Nanna Bjerregaard (Samarbejdspartner)



CuTAWAY – Conservation And Wood AnalYses
Wood is one of the key materials for archaeological research. The wooden genus used, the function of the object, and information concerning the environment can be gained from the analysis of wooden objects. In addition, precise dating is possible by dendrochronology. Therefore, the conservation of archaeological wooden objects mainly preserved as wet finds is of great importance. A plethora of methods and conserving agents are currently applied to conserve archaeological wet wood. In order to compare the treatments, different methods have been applied on about 800 archaeological wooden samples during a project that had been organized by the Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum in Mainz (RGZM) and funded by KUR (Kulturstiftung des Bundes). For the first time, this collection will be analysed to quantify the result of the conservation treatment (shrinkage, collapse and cracks) and the impact of the conservation method on the analyses of archaeological wood (wood anatomy and dendrochronology).
These analyses will be carried out by non-destructive, three dimensional methods, like 3D-Scan und computed tomography and microscopic techniques. Additionally, the analyses of the samples aims at the optimisation of the analysis and conservation methods to ensure documentation of the characteristic features of wood anatomy after conservation. Thereby, the penetration of the conservation material and the effectiveness of the method will be analysed in detail to draw conclusions about the success of the conservation treatment.
The long-term stability will be analysed and evaluated by simulated aging tests on conserved wooden samples. The results will be documented in the KUR database with open access, and, however, will guarantee that archaeological wooden artefacts can be better studied and conserved for future generations.
D-A-CH Project, funded by DFG and SNF
Applicants / Team:
Prof. Dr. Markus Egg, Markus Wittköpper, Waldemar Muskalla Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz
Dr. Ingrid Stelzner, Dr. Jörg Stelzner, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz
Prof. Dr. Philipp Schütz, N.N. and Damian Gwerder, Hochschule Luzern
Effektiv start/slut dato01/10/201930/06/2023