Journal of Wood Science

, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 436–443 | Cite as

Evaluation of chemical treatments on dimensional stabilization of archeological waterlogged hardwoods obtained from the Thang Long Imperial Citadel site, Vietnam

  • Thanh Duc Nguyen
  • Yohsei Kohdzuma
  • Rie Endo
  • Junji SugiyamaEmail author
Original Article


In this article, the conservation of seven archeological waterlogged woods (WW) with polyethylene glycol (PEG) 4000, trehalose, and feather keratin was investigated. The results showed that the dimensional stability of WWs significantly improved after the different treatments. The anti-shrink efficiency values of the WWs treated with keratin ranged between 72.5 and 96.2% depending on the species and degree of wood degradation. These values varied from 82.4 to 96.9% for the WWs treated with PEG or trehalose. Microscopic observations showed that the chemically-treated woods maintained their original cell structures, forms, and shapes. It was also revealed that the reinforcement of cell walls by the feather keratin treatment was different from those observed for the PEG or trehalose treatments. It was observed that PEG and trehalose primarily filled the wood voids, while keratin predominantly absorbed on the cell walls and middle lamellae. Based on the improved dimensional stability of wood, shortened impregnation time, removability of chemical, and esthetic results obtained from the treatment, keratin showed a good performance in average as a preservation agent.


Archeological waterlogged wood Dimensional stability Feather keratin Polyethyleneglycol Trehalose 



This study was partly supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) no. 25252033, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, RISH Cooperative Research (database) and RISH Mission Research V, Kyoto University. The authors acknowledge the Thang Long Research Center, Hanoi, and the Institute of Archaeology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology for providing the archeological wood materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Sustainable HumanosphereKyoto UniversityUjiJapan
  2. 2.Nara National Research Institute for Cultural PropertiesNara CityJapan
  3. 3.Toyo Feather Industry Co. Ltd.SagamiharaJapan
  4. 4.College of Materials Science and EngineeringNanjing Forestry UniversityNanjingChina

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