Waterlogged Wood

Guidelines on the recording, sampling, conservation and curation of waterlogged wood

Waterlogged sites are usually more complex and costly to investigate than dry sites, a fact that can often put pressure on archaeological curators, contractors and consultants. It is hoped that these guidelines will help archaeologists make the best possible decisions in the face of such pressures.

Since the publication of previous editions in 1990 and 1995 some new techniques have been developed and others have been modified, although many of the most important techniques and issues remain unchanged.


  • Introduction
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Excavation, recording, sampling and temporary storage
  • Analysis and dating
  • Site monitoring and reburial
  • Conservation, curation and display
  • Final report and archiving
  • References
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51578


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