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German Firm Hired to Save Easter Island Sculptures

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posted on Nov, 5 2003 @ 07:08 AM
UNESCO has awarded a German firm contract to preserve the world-famous but decaying Moai head sculptures on Easter Island, which are suffering the effects of the weather, tourism and past restoration attempts.

Stefan Maar, founder of Berlin-based Maar Denkmalpflege GmbH said Tuesday his company planned to begin treating the statues with chemicals in early 2005 in a project estimated to cost about 10 million euros ($11.5 million).

"Something has to be done," Maar told Reuters. "But with over 1,000 figures, it is a really big undertaking."

Maar's scientists are developing a chemical treatment for the unique volcanic tuff stone from which the heads are carved.

"The stone is not like anything else," Maar said.


posted on Nov, 5 2003 @ 08:24 AM
Good find Olafski
It's good to see people caring about these sorts of things.


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