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By Dr. rer. nat. Achim Unger, Professor Dr. Arno P. Schniewind, Professor Dr. rer. nat. Wibke Unger (auth.)

The impetus for this booklet used to be the need to systematically manage the extant literature at the conservation of cultural estate made up of wooden, from its beginnings ahead of the Christian period to the 12 months 2000. numerous released reports and monographs, together with Holzkonservierung (Wood Conserva­ tion) released via the senior writer in 1988, have seemed through the years, in particular in English and in German. they've got supplied exemplary deal with­ advantage of person components or points of wooden conservation, yet a comprehen­ sive, updated exposition of ancient and present advancements has been missing. the various expert fields of the authors, in addition to their insights into tools of conservation and recovery of wooden artifacts in Europe, North the US, and Asia supplied a superb foundation for the luck of this below­ taking. one of many objectives in the course of the exam of the literature used to be that not just famous conservators and scientists from nations which are leaders in wooden conservation can be represented, yet that much less famous, frequently no longer as with no trouble obtainable contributions must also be incorporated. in simple terms during this demeanour was once it attainable to attract a entire photograph of the nationwide and overseas country of wooden conservation. The artwork and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA) of the Getty Institute have been very invaluable in our efforts to judge as many guides as possible.

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