GEA systems cool sensational find from the Bronze Age - Keeping fresh in quite a different way: preservation of prehistoric boats in England

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21. October 2013 Two GEA Searle KMe 95-6AL-4 air coolers are keeping fresh a spectacular archaeological find in England: eight very well preserved dugout canoes from the Bronze Age. Archaeologists found these boats, around 3,500 years old, in a silted, long dried-out arm of a river at Flag Fen, at an archaeological dig near Peterborough (in Cambridgeshire). The scientists at the open-air Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre and Archaeology Park are planning to preserve these precious findings by spraying synthetic wax (polyethylene glycol) and water on the prehistoric relics for about two years. Only then is it possible to dry the wood step by step, without tearing it: a technique that had earlier proved effective in preservation of the Mary Rose, a warship that sank in 1545.

The eight dugout canoes from the Bronze Age, upon being delivered to the new cold room at Flag Fen, in England. The preservation process will take around two years, to enable gradual later drying. (Photo: Vivacity Peterborough Museum)
The eight dugout canoes from the Bronze Age, upon being delivered to the new cold room at Flag Fen, in England. The preservation process will take around two years, to enable gradual later drying. (Photo: Vivacity Peterborough Museum)
One of the dugout canoes was decorated with impressive hash-mark etchings. Archeologists are still working to explain their meaning. (Photo: Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
One of the dugout canoes was decorated with impressive hash-mark etchings. Archeologists are still working to explain their meaning. (Photo: Cambridge Archaeological Unit)

Flag Fen will be installing an automatic wax spraying system to conserve these remarkable log boats and is partners wishing to get involved with the project. If you would like to know more please contact Sarah Wilson, Archaeology Development Officer at Vivacity, on Sarah.Wilson@vivacity-peterborough.com

 

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