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Subject: Re: [CHS] Grave maintenance?
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 18:16:09 EDT
A number of years ago, I was involved with trying to protect stone monuments.
This was brought about by the flooding at Venice. The system we pursued was
enclose the object with a large plastic bag, vacuum it down and then
introduce a resin solution.
Experiments were carried out on old gravestones, which were then broken open
to see how
deep the resin had penetrated.
The system worked quite well - particularly on marble statues which became
Unfortunately, the Venetians thought that we could replace the bits that had
worn away, by this method.
To do this as a Nationwide operation would cost a fortune in handling,
preparing and then resetting.
The cheapest way would be to put the stones down with the lettering facing
into the ground.
Even then some of the gravestones would be too far gone to preserve. Stone
such as sandstone is
too friable, and granite was too expensive for our ancestors.
Judging by the problems maintaining our churches - looking after the
gravestones will never happen.I'm afraid,