Wharf-borer a threat to stored archaeological timbers
A J Pitman, E B G Jones, A M Jones, M Rule
Increased interest in marine archaeology has occured in recent years. Stored waterlogged archaeological timbers have been shown to be degraded by physical and microbial agents. In recent years a new threat has been highlighted, namely the wharf-borer Nacerdes melanura (L.). The objective of this paper is to outline studies of the morphology, biology, life-history and carbohydrate digestion by this beetle. These studies will allow improved preventative measures to be employed by conservators and archaeologists in the passive holding of archaeological timbers.