TANALISED E Oak Poles Support Reconstructed Prehistoric Settlement Arch customer Uvix Impregnation treated oak pilings with TANALITH E to be used in the reconstruction of a prehistoric settlement in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia.
The Macedonian Government’s Ministry of Culture commissioned Uvix of Sofia, Bulgaria to service treat 600m³ of oak poles with Arch’s TANALITH E wood preservative for the reconstruction project after the remains of a prehistoric pile dwelling settlement were discovered on the Eastern shore of Lake Ohrid – known as the ‘Bay of the Bones’ – estimated to be between 2,500 and 5,500 years old.
Between 1998 and 2002, over 6,000 wooden poles were discovered during numerous excavations under the sea. Due to these discoveries, scientists and historians estimated that the surface area of the settlement was around 8,500m². These ancient settlers had chosen to live in close proximity to the lake, in order to fish and collect water, and had built their sedentary homes on a raised platform built above oak piles.
The Macedonian Government – who financed the project – were keen to reconstruct the settlement and an associated museum using the same materials as used in 3,500BC. The reconstructed part of the dwelling settlement was again built over the water above the oak piles with the homes created using timber, clay, animal skins and reeds, which offers visitors a realistic look at how prehistoric families once lived in Macedonia.
TANALITH E was chosen for the project as the preservative provides proven performance against fungal and insect attack even in water contact.
Janet Sycamore, Arch Timber Protection’s
Marketing Services Manager, said, ‘TANALITH E is an ideal choice for fresh water piling and other high-risk applications by offering long-term effective and consistent protection, which is supported by years of field data and performance testing’.