Archaeology and advanced technology

NTNU UNIVERSITY MUSEUM'S REASEARCH AREA

Archaeology and advanced technology

Projects

Projects

The development of standards in Europe for the preservation of cultural heritage is carried out by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) where all EU (including EU candidate countries) and EEA countries are members. CEN created the committee CEN / TC 346 Conservation of Cultural Property to direct the development of standards for cultural heritage and cultural protection. Italy is leads the work. Norwegian participation is coordinated by Standards Norway. The standardization work aims to harmonize a European common strategy for the conservation of cultural heritage.

The scope of CEN TC 346 is to establish standards in the field of the processes, practices, methodologies and documentation of conservation of tangible cultural heritage to support its preservation, protection and maintenance, and to enhance its significance. This includes standardization on the characterization of deterioration processes and environmental conditions for cultural heritage, and the products and technologies used for the planning and execution of conservation, restoration, repair, transportation and maintenance.

NTNU University Museum represents Norway in CEN / TC 346 Working Group 9, and is a member of the Norwegian CEN / TC 346 Mirror Committee.

Contact:
Elizabeth E. Peacock

Project Duration:
2004-

The purpose of the project "Reburial and Analysis of Archaeological Remains" (RAAR) is to investigate and consider alternative methods for preserving wet archaeological finds.

Archaeological investigations under water and on land-based wet environments often generate a multitude of artefacts in urgent need of conservation. With limited resources for conservation, reburial seems to be a realistic option for storing instead of disposing of recovered archaeological artefacts.

The aim of RAAR is to analyze the preservation or degradation of various modern materials buried in a marine environment in Marstrand harbor, western Sweden. The project is based on the decay rate of different materials over a period of 50 years focusing on long-term deposition in the marine environment. The buried sample materials are recovered and analyzed at predetermined intervals.

Bohus County Museum and Studio West Sweden Conservation, Sweden, manage the project. Institutions in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Australia with relevant expertise coordinate the project’s six subprojects.

NTNU University Museum is responsible for and coordinator of the non-wood organic materials group (textile, leather, bone, horn and antler) sub-project. Phases I (2002-2005) and II (2006-2010) have been completed. Phase III awaits funding.

Contact:
Elizabeth E. Peacock

Partners:
Bohus County Museum, Sweden; Studio West Sweden Conservation, Sweden; National Museum of Denmark; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and, Western Australian Museum, Australia.

Project duration:
2002 – 2050

The Deepwater Preservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (DePMAS) project at NTNU University Museum seeks to establish new knowledge about the protective and destructive mechanisms that influence the preservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) in deepwater environments. Currently, these are poorly understood and documented. As a consequence, threats to UCH’s continual survival are difficult to assess, using our existing knowledge base. DePMAS seeks to provide methodologies to characterise, understand and assess the significance of these threats, in a local, national and international context. The research will establish a sound research foundation for the development of deepwater cultural heritage management protocols to address the shortfall in current knowledge. Through extensive investigations and interdisciplinary research, DePMAS aims to develop practical, appropriate, in-situ conservation and monitoring methods and guidelines for the protection of marine heritage in deep water environments.

Contact:
Elizabeth E. Peacock & Fredrik Skoglund

Project duration:
2008- (awaiting funding)