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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2006, Article ID 64690, 5 pages
Research Article

Preliminary Laser Cleaning Studies of a Consolidated Prehistoric Basketry Coming from the Pile Building of Fiavè-Carera in the North-East of Italy

1Department of Physics, University of Trento, Povo, Trento 38050, Italy
2Museum of Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina, San Michele all'Adige, Trento 38010, Italy

Received 20 July 2006; Revised 6 November 2006; Accepted 30 November 2006

Academic Editor: Marta Castillejo

Copyright © 2006 Romina Belli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In the archaeological field, some specific advantages are recognized to laser cleaning, like, for example, the absence of mechanical contacts with the sample. The cleaning procedures generally involve a multilayer structure (dust, dirty, organic deposits, and, in some cases, consolidant substances). In this work, prehistoric wood samples (found and consolidated in 1970s) have been laser irradiated (KrF excimer laser) in order to restore their original surface aspect. A certain amount of burned matter was also present. Samples came from a fragment of a prehistoric basketry found in the lake dwelling site of Fiavè-Carera, Trento, Italy (1500–1400 BC). It was observed that the laser cleaning effects are strictly dependent on the irradiation parameters (power density and number of pulses). Efficient material removal was possible by using appropriate energy density. Moreover, for lower laser energy density, special structures appeared on the surface of the consolidating substance that we attributed to heating-induced stresses on the consolidant surface.