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June 24, 2008

Microbes eating the Acropolis

Posted at 12:54 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

As scientists discover more about the microscopic organisms that live on the surface of many ancient monuments, it is becoming apparent that in some cases they can be causing significant amounts of damage that was previously unrecognised. Various possible solutions are being tested, to try & halt the damage that is being caused to the monuments of the Acropolis in Athens.

From:
New York Times

Microbes Eating Away at Pieces of History
By BINA VENKATARAMAN
Published: June 24, 2008

At Angkor Wat, the dancers’ feet are crumbling.

The palatial 12th-century Hindu temple, shrouded in the jungles of Cambodia, has played host to a thriving community of cyanobacteria ever since unsightly lichens were cleaned off its walls nearly 20 years ago. The microbes have not been good guests.
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