The project BArCH-Wood, carried out as part of Eutopia network and University of Ljubljana student research initiatives, brings together 8 students and 5 mentors, representing five different departments and three Schools at University of Ljubljana.

The interdisciplinary team consists of archaeological, chemical, wood science and pedological researchers. Their aim is to study the impact of environmental changes on the buried wood found in the archaeological sites of the Ljubljana Marsh.

As part of the project, they will simulate the environment in the Ljubljana Marsh and try to model how the rapid weather changes affect the buried archaeological wood. In the first part of the project, they will carry out initial soil probing to determine the properties of the soil in which the wood samples will be buried for later monitoring. A test trench will then be excavated in which both recent and archeological wood samples will be buried at different depths in order to observe their response to changes in weather conditions.

At the end, they will model and analyse the correlation between the changes of weather conditions and the recorded changes in moisture of the wood samples. Monitoring the wood samples in an experimental environment, similar to the one in the Ljubljana Marsh, will allow them to make an important contribution to the development of approaches for monitoring and preservation of buried archaeological wooden structures. Based on the results of the study, they will formulate a proposal for the development of a methodological approach for researching the impacts of climate change on buried archaeological wood. The intended long-term contribution of the project is advancement of sustainable heritage conservation and especially monitoring strategies.

Duration: 1.4.2024 – 30.9.2024

Code: 20-PED.RSF S.E.1.2LNA-11 RSF BArCh-WooD UTOPIA. Funding is provided by University of Ljubljana, Development pillar (Razvojni steber financiranja).


Partners of the project:

Leading partner

Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology

Heritage Science Laboratory

Project lead: Lana Nastja Anžur

Mentor: Špela Pok

Student researchers: Adam Modic and Jan Matoh

Other partners

Biotechnical Faculty

Department of Wood Science

Mentor: Meta Pivk

Student researcher: Ambrož Rupnik

Department of pedology

Mentors: Agni Prijatelj and dr. Marko Zupan

Student researcher: Nejc Golob

Faculty of Arts

Department of Archaeology

Student researchers: Alen Iršič, Nina Bratušek, Igor Srnel Purič and Zvonka Janežič

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