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Conservation of 17th-century ship La Belle completed

Researchers have restored La Belle, a 17th-century French ship found in 1995. The restoration of the La Belle took 17 years in all. “Voracious” undersea worms did most of the damage to the ship, Fix said, by burrowing through the ship’s timbers. Archaeologists had to heave fragile, waterlogged wood out of

Preserved fish found at prehistoric site in Sweden

Evidence of large-scale fish preservation has been found at a 9,000-year-old settlement in Sweden. The discovery of the world’s oldest storage of fermented fish in southern Sweden could rewrite the Nordic prehistory with findings indicating a far more complex society than previously thought. The unique discovery by osteologist Adam Boethius from

Reintroducing tourists to Altamira

In 2002 the cave art found at Altamira was made off limits to tourists due to the growth of mold on the cave walls. Now a new study is underway to determine if there is a way to reintroduce visitors to the caves in a way that fits in with

New preservation technique strengthens old bones

Researchers have developed a new preservation technique to strengthen old bones that was inspired by the say sea animals strengthen their shells. Using skeletal fragments from the Late Middle Ages, they grew aragonite, a kind of lime that some sea animals produce to shore up their shells, on the bones in

Bad weather collapses wall at Pompeii

Heavy rain and wind have caused a wall to collapse by a major road in the ancient city of Pompeii. A series of collapses in Pompeii over the last month led Italian media to dub it a "Black November" for the ancient city, preserved under ash from a volcanic eruption in

How to feed a mummy in the afterlife

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol are examining the mummified remains of food found in Egyptian tombs. In King Tutankhamun’s tomb, for example, archaeologists found 48 wooden cases of butchered cuts of beef and poultry. But unlike offerings of fruit and grains, which could last for quite a

Recovered Saturn V engines undergoing preservation

The engines of the Saturn V rocket, recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic ocean by a recovery project led by Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, are undergoing preservation efforts at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. The corroded F-1 engines propelled the enormous Saturn V, still the largest and most powerful rocket

Preserving out-of-this-world artifacts

Space archaeologists are initiating discussions regarding how to protect artifacts of historical interest that are not located on Earth, such as the Apollo landing site on the moon. Westwood said that in 1972 — near the end of the Apollo program — the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific,

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