By A. Unger, A.P. Schniewind, W. Unger
The impetus for this publication was once the need to systematically set up the extant literature at the conservation of cultural estate made from wooden, from its beginnings earlier than the Christian period to the 12 months 2000. quite a few released experiences and monographs, together with Holzkonservierung (Wood Conserva tion) released by way of the senior writer in 1988, have seemed through the years, particularly in English and in German. they've got supplied exemplary deal with benefit of person components or elements of wooden conservation, yet a comprehen sive, updated exposition of ancient and present advancements has been missing. the varied specialist fields of the authors, in addition to their insights into equipment of conservation and recovery of wooden artifacts in Europe, North the United States, and Asia supplied a high-quality foundation for the good fortune of this lower than taking. one of many pursuits 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 might be represented, yet that much less recognized, usually no longer as conveniently obtainable contributions also needs to be incorporated. in basic terms during this demeanour used to be it attainable to attract a complete photo of the nationwide and overseas country of wooden conservation. The artwork and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA) of the Getty Institute have been very valuable in our efforts to guage as many courses as attainable.