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Strategies for protection of wooden underwater cultural heritage in the Baltic sea against marine borers. The EU project "WreckProtect"

Journal article
Authors Charlotte Björdal
D. Gregory
M. Manders
Z. Al-Hamdani
Christin Appelqvist
Jonathan N. Havenhand
J. Dencker
Published in Conservation and Management of Archeological Sites
Volume 14
Issue 1-4
Pages 201-214
ISSN 1350-5033
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory
Department of Conservation
Pages 201-214
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1179/1350503312Z.0000...
Keywords konservering kulturvård
Subject categories Geosciences, Multidisciplinary, Microbiology, Marine ecology, Archaeology

Abstract

Marine borers constitute a great danger to historical shipwreck in marine environments as they are able to decompose wood material in just a few years. Recently, there have been indications that the marine borer Teredo navalis is spreading into the brackish Baltic sea, where thousands of invaluable historical wrecks for centuries have had unique preservation conditions. The WreckProtect project was a coordination and support action funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program. The main objective of the project was to develop tools for predicting the spread of marine borers into the Baltic and to evaluate methods for in situ protection of the historical wreck and submerged settlements. This paper gives a summary final report of the project and an overview of results.

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