The star is shining again

StAr project - Development of Storage and assessment methods suited for organic Archaeological artefacts - within the framework of Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI-CH, Conservation, Protection And Use started on the August 2020. The Department of Forestry and Wood Technology of the Poznań University of Life Science participates in the project along with Archaeological Museum in Biskupin- link:, ARC-Nucléart of Grenoble (France) – link:, Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo (Norway) – link: and The Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry – link:


One of the topics of this project deals with developing strategies that permit storage of organic archaeological finds for long durations (several months) in the waterlogged state, i.e. under pre-treatment conditions, without compromising the scientific evidence they contain. The experimentations will be carried out by samples analysis of the organic materials before and after their storage period. Experiments are foreseen in a true archaeological excavation context (Biskupin site in Poland). The second topic aims at setting up efficient and practical methods to assess the degradation over time of archaeological organic artefacts, i.e. to assess their post-treatment conditions.

In addition, StAr project intends to reinforce interdisciplinary approaches among archaeologists, conservators, and scientists in order to improve the sustainability of protection practices.

Project duration: August 2020 - August 2023.

Head of the Polish research team of the project: prof. dr hab. Magdalena Zborowska (, ORCID ID:

The project received funding from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the JPICH Conservation, Protection and Use program - support for research on cultural heritage under the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPI CH).