Preserving ancient artifacts for the next millennia.

  • Samuel L. Zelinka
  • Published 2014 in
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…


When wood is kept dry, it can remain intact for millennia, as evidenced by numerous artifacts from ancient Egypt (1). However, when wood interacts with water, numerous problems arise that can cause the wood to become permanently damaged or destroyed completely. Wood exhibits swelling on moisture uptake and shrinkage on drying, and these cyclical moisture… (More)
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420835111