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Deanna Witmer
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« on: October 19, 2010, 01:13:10 pm »

Artifact recovery and conservation
Artifacts recovered from underwater sites need stabilization to manage the process of removal of water and conservation[24][25]. The artifact either needs to be dried carefully, or the water replaced with some inert medium (as in the case of The Mary Rose). Artifacts recovered from salt water, particularly metals and glass need be stabilized following absorption of salt or leaching of metals. In-situ conservation of underwater structures is possible, but consideration needs to be given to the dynamic nature of the site. Changes to the site during intrusive investigation or removal of artifacts may result in scouring which exposes the site to further deterioration.

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