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Conservation-Restoration Work on Small Finds from the Premuda Site – the Post Medieval Szent Istvan Shipwreck

The underwater Premuda site is the location of the remains of the sunken Austro-Hungarian ship Szent Istvan. A part of the ship's equipment was extracted from the sea during an archaeological survey of the site and delivered to the workshop for conservation-restoration treatment.

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Conservation-Restoration Work on an Iron Roman Legionary's Spearhead

Conservation-restoration work was conducted in 2013 on an iron spearhead with hafting socket found during an underwater archaeological survey of the Lenovac site. The artefact is a Roman legionary's spearhead that was found below the shoreline firmly encrusted to the rocks of the embankment.

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Conservation-Restoration Work on Small Finds from the Murter, Bisaga-Kornati Sites

Research of sites in the waters off the island of Bisaga in the Kornati archipelago has yielded an abundance of archaeological material, ceramic plates, jugs, porcelain cups, fragments of glass bottles and metal ware. Over forty different types of smoking pipe and carved wooden stems were found. Upon extraction from the sea the recovered archaeological material was brought in for conservation-restoration treatment. In the first phase of the conservation-restoration procedure the desalination process was used to leech harmful salts, chlorides in particular, from the artefacts.

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Conservation work on sixteenth century bronze cannons from the Sveti Pavao Shallows site

Surveying the waters surrounding the island of Mljet underwater archaeologists of the Croatian Conservation Institute in 2006 found the remains of a post medieval shipwreck at the Sveti Pavao Shallows. Among the varied archaeological material found on this sixteenth century shipwreck were seven bronze cannons. With the continued research of the site in late 2007 the bronze cannons were extracted from the sea and subsequently transferred to the conservation workshop of the CCI's Department for Conservation of Underwater Archaeological Finds in Zadar, where conservation processing on them was initiated.

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The conservation and restoration of underwater archaeological finds from the Murter - Mijoka site

The results of three underwater archaeology campaigns carried out at the Murter-Mijoka site by the staff of the Croatian Conservation Institute's Department of Underwater Archaeology, is the location of over 700 finds. The majority of finds consist of small archaeological objects manufactured of brass, bronze, lead, glass, glass paste, wood and bone. This material was brought for treatment to the Croatian Conservation Institute's Department for Conservation of Underwater Archaeological Finds in Zadar.

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Conservation and restoration work on the stock of a roman anchor

As an indispensable part of a ship's equipment, anchors are a very frequent find at underwater archaeological sites. Besides on sunken vessels, they are also found in places where there are no traces of a shipwreck, as a chance find that came to the seabed in various ways. A basic anchor consisted of a lead stock, wooden shank and arms with metal hoops and lead anchor ring. Given that the wooden parts of an anchor are by their nature subject to decomposition and are rarely preserved to the present day, the most frequent evidence of the existence of an anchor are its leaden parts.

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The conservation and restoration of an engobed and engraved jug from the Lastovo - cap Cuf site

A large bronze vessel that contained an engraved ceramic jug with angels depicted in relief was found among other finds during underwater archaeological research in 2007 at the Lastovo, Cape Cuf, site. This kind of jug with boys or angels depicted in relief was manufactured in Venice from the late 15th to the late 16th century.

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