Changing research trends in the field of archaeological wood at the Conservation Department, Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Authors:

Nesrin M.N. El Hadidi;

Source:

Studies in Conservation, Volume 60, Number 3, p.143-154 (2015)

Abstract:

Since 1980, much research in the field of treatment and conservation of archaeological wood has been carried out at the Conservation Department, Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University. Materials and methods used in conservation have been changing gradually over the years worldwide. It was necessary to study critically previous masters and doctoral dissertations on Egyptian archaeological and historic wood, all written in Arabic. This review of them includes a brief history of the Conservation Department at Cairo University and five main focal points of past research: types of wood used throughout Egyptian history, assessment of wood decay, wood properties and composition, treatment and conservation of decorated wood, and the evaluation of chemicals and polymers used in the treatment of archaeological wood and composite objects containing wood.