Carbowax and other materials in the treatment of water-logged paleolithic wood

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Journal Article


Organ, R.M.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 4, Number 3, p.96-105 (1959)


Carbowax 400®, conservation, glycols, polyethylene, polymer, waterlogged, wood, wood conservation


An account of experiences in the treatment of a large number of paleolithic wooden artifacts excavated in Southern Rhodesia. Freeze-drying under vacuum was not satisfactory. Dehydration with trimethyl carbinol (tertiary butanol), followed by freeze drying, is costly and time-consuming, and not altogether satisfactory in this case. A method using Carbowax, which is simple and economical, gave good results. Garry Thomson