progetto starStAr 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 October 1st 2020. The Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry (Erika Ribechini, Jeannette J. Lucejko and Francesca Modugno) of the University of Pisa is partner of the project along with ARC-Nucléart of Grenoble (France) – link:, Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo (Norway) – link: and the Archaeological Museum of Biskupin (Poland) – link:


StAr project arises from the need for chemical-physical stabilization strategies of archaeological finds, such as wood and leather, for long time (up to several months) in the waterlogged state, i.e. under pre-treatment conditions without compromising the archaeological and scientific evidence they contain. In addition, StAr project intends to reinforce interdisciplinary approaches among archaeologists, conservators, and scientists in order to improve the sustainability of protection practices.
The research group from the University of Pisa will have the role of developing, validating, and applying innovative methodologies for the characterization of archaeological finds such as wood and leather, and the assessment of their state of decay. These objectives can be achieved using advanced instrumental analytical techniques such as those based on pyrolysis coupled with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (Py-GC / MS), evolved gas analysis (EGA-MS) as well as analytical methods based on chromatography in gas or liquid phase coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS and LC-ESI-Q-ToF-MS).
Foto: Biskupin site (1936) Poland, Fortified settlement dating back to the Iron Age

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