The Introduction of Conservation Treatment of Maritime Artifacts in Korea

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Title

The Introduction of Conservation Treatment of Maritime Artifacts in Korea

Subject

Session 7
Preservation and conservation of wet archaeological materials and site management

Description

Since 1976, the underwater excavation program, which began with the Shinan ship, has yielded some 94,500 relics and eleven shipwrecks (including two foreign ships) from 18 sites in Korea. To conserve each material appropriately the artifacts salvaged from the sea were safely conserved on site and then moved to the laboratory. In particular the hulls of the ships were salvaged by separated pieces. Treatment of PEG 2-step method was applied for several years. The two ship hulls (Shinan and Wando) have been displayed after conservation treatment, and one is being prepared for a new display.

We first tested pre-conservation treatment for safe stabilization and then have applied the best method of pre-study results to the ceramics, wooden tags, metallic objects, bones, crops etc. We excavated many bamboo artifacts after 2009, and are currently studying pre-conservation treatment.

Creator

Dr Whan-suk Moon

Date

November 2011

Files

Citation

Dr Whan-suk Moon, “The Introduction of Conservation Treatment of Maritime Artifacts in Korea,” The MUA Collection, accessed December 15, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1271.

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