Conservation of Waterlogged Textiles from CSS Georgia

Author(s): Mara Deckinga

Year: 2017


During recovery of material from CSS Georgia, numerous textile artifacts were recovered and transported to Texas A&M University’s Conservation Research Laboratory for treatment. Unlike terrestrial locations, waterlogged sites like CSS Georgia provide a stable environment of constant temperatures, low sunlight, and minimal exposure to micro-organisms, allowing for preservation of organic material normally lost to taphonomic factors. With maritime Civil War sites like USS Monitor and H.L. Hunley only relatively-recently excavated, and it becomes clear that the Georgia material provides a unique opportunity to study both textile use during the Civil War and techniques in the preservation of waterlogged organics. An overview of the artifacts recovered from CSS Georgia will be provided, as well as discussion of the conservation techniques employed. In considering the current state of conservation, best practices in processing large amounts of material will be examined, as well as highlighting areas for future research.

Cite this Record

Conservation of Waterlogged Textiles from CSS Georgia. Mara Deckinga. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435226)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 617