Academic thesis

Heike Voßmerbäumer: Treated bone objects as the conservator sees it Back
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Abstract: The subject of my dissertation was the conservation and restoration of two composite antler combs from an early medieval cemetery near Herrenberg, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Often, such objects are consolidated when being excavated from damp soils to avoid the formation of cracks and the build-up of mechanical stress during drying. In this context, I attempted to compare the effectivness of synthetic consolidants and adhesives being used for collagen-based historical artifacts using questionnaires from various museums and conservation laboratories in Germany, England and Denmark, as well as the current literature, as the bases for critical comparison. A further subject of the dissertation was the attempt to apply Raman-Spectroscopy as a scientific method to determine the degree of deterioration of the artifacts in a more objective manner than the usual subjective, visual judgements could allow.


Keywords: Early Middle Ages, composite antler comb, wet consolidating, Raman-Spectroscopy
  • academic institution: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Matthias Knaut
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl.-Rest. Stephan Brather
  • date:  1999
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  104
  • pictures:  42

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