This project is a joint collaboration between the nautical archaeology team of the Centre Camille Jullian (Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Minist Culture) of Aix-en-Provence and the restorators of the ARC-Nucléart laboratory of Grenoble, under the auspices of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Culturali ed Ambientali of Trapani.
The aim is to assess the current state of conservation of the Punic Ship displayed in Marsala in the Regional Archaeological Museum “Museo Lilibeo” which is under the competence of the Polo Museale. There, the stern section of the vessel, conserved in the 1970s with a high percentage of PEG 4000, is supported by a metallic structure built in 1978 under the direction of Honor Frost, who also discovered and raised the ship.
After a systematic visual assessment of the present state of the exposed archaeological wood, the vessel will be photographically documented in order to obtain a first 3D photogrammetric model.
The archaeological wood will be sampled for chemical analyses in order to establish the state of degradation and, eventually, to identify pyrite components. This unstable salt can evolve into sulphuric acid, and deeply damage PEG-treated wood.
All the data collected will be collated and presented in a proposal with guidelines as required for the future restoration and, if necessary, new display of the Punic Ship.