Eight bronze age boats found in a quarry near Peterborough will be refrigerated and sprayed with wax to stop the wood degrading.
The boats, one more than 28ft long, were used to ferry cargo around the fens. They're predicted to be around 3,500 years old.
Covering the wood with wax and keeping it cool is the same technique used to preserve the tudor warship The Mary Rose.
The boats, six of them oaks, one alder and one lime, were excavated in 2011 at Must Farm clay quarry near Whittlesey.