Preservation of Old, Waterlogged Wood by Treatment with Polyethylene Glycol

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Science  18 May 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3516, pp. 649-650
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3516.649


The excessive cracking and distortion that old waterlogged wood undergoes when it is dried can be substantially reduced by treating the wood with polyethylene glycol. The process was used to dry 200-year-old waterlogged wood boats recently raised from Lake George, New York.