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Wreck Protect Final seminar and workshop

Wreck Protect - Final seminar and workshop : 11 – 12th of April 2011
and Training school : 13 – 14th of April 2011

au Viking Ship museum, Roskilde, Denmark

Deadline for registration 20th of January 2011.


WreckProtect started in 2009 and is funded by the European Commission’s 7th research program for cultural heritage. The project is dedicated to the thousands of historic shipwrecks on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and the understanding of their future decay and protection. These wrecks have so far been protected from the aggressive shipworm due to the Baltic`s low salinity, but lately spread has been reported which might be related to climate changes. The project has focused mainly on the understanding of the shipworm and its environmental requirements. On this basis, a GIS model for prediction for spread was built. In parallel, known methods for protection of shipwrecks were evaluated and a guideline for their physical protection in situ was produced. The aim of the project is to provide the archaeologists, conservators and museums responsible for the preservation of the underwater cultural heritage with tools to predict the spread of shipworm and cost-effective methods for protecting sites and shipwrecks under threat – in time before irreversible decomposition takes place.
Results from the two year project will be presented at the final seminar. The workshop will have a multi-faceted approach and provide participants with hands on experience with marine wood degraders, GIS modeling for prediction of decay, and guidelines for protection of shipwreck in situ.

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Program for final seminar 11th of April
A full day final seminar will give you a comprehensive picture of the preservation conditions for shipwrecks in the Baltic sea today. Spread of shipworm and methods for protection are in focus.
- Wood degradation in the Baltic Sea

  • Shipworm
  • Microbial degradation

- Spread of shipworm in the Baltic Sea

  • Historical outbreaks
  • Environment needed for survival
  • GIS modeling for prediction of spread
  • Influence of climatic changes

- Methods for protection of shipwrecks

  • Law and regulations
  • Experience from the Baltic and the Mediterranean
  • Evaluation of methods

- Guidelines on methods for protection of shipwrecks

  • Guideline for physical protection of shipwrecks
  • Cost/benefit analyses on conservation versus in situ preservation.

Program for workshop the 12th of April 2011
The workshop gives stakeholders, archaeologists, and conservators to get hands on experience and participate in informal discussions.
- Shipworm “live”
- Shipwreck degrading fungi and bacteria viewed by light microscopy
- Demonstration of GIS model for prediction of spread of shipworm
- In situ protection ; methods and materials demonstrated on land
Finally a guided tour of the Viking Ship museum.

Program for Trainingschool the 13th and 14th of April 2011
Practical experience with protection of demonstration object in situ. The course is limited to 8 persons.
Diver license, insurances, and dry suit are required.