FEB 2014: Shipwrecks and Global ‘Worming’

Monday February 17th 2014

Submerged wooden shipwrecks are at the mercy of dynamic environmental variables such as strong currents and tides. But, when exposed to aerobic conditions, biological organisms such as shipworms attack wood and become the primary active biological ‘decomposers’.

This is a journey inside an old piece of wood…through a very small hole…

Speaker: Paola Palma: MSc Maritime Archaeology Programme Leader. Bournemouth University. With 25 years’ experience in archaeology Paola’s specific focus is monitoring the degradation and preservation of underwater cultural heritage.


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