The Conservation of Wooden Hoops from Emanuel Point II

Author(s): Caitlin Bronston-Flynn

Year: 2018


During the excavation of Emanuel Point II, a 16th-century Spanish ship that sailed as part of colonization fleet led by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano, a large number of wooden barrel hoop fragments were recovered. These vary in size from a few centimeters to almost 20 centimeters in length and were found both loose and bound together.  Once removed from the site these artifacts must be conserved using the best practices available. The conservation laboratory at UWF has elected to use a freeze drying method incorporating a combination of polyethylene glycol (PEG) 300 and PEG 1450 to consolidate the fragile wood. This poster examines that process and presents the results of using the freeze drying method to conserve these artifacts.

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The Conservation of Wooden Hoops from Emanuel Point II. Caitlin Bronston-Flynn. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441683)

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

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PaperId(s): 759