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Borobudur temple clean up begins


11/15/2010

Published on Nov 15, 2010

Archaeologists have started cleaning up Indonesia’s famed Borobudur temple complex, after it was covered with a layer of volcanic ash from Mount Merapi. The Antara news agency reported the Director of Ancient Artifacts at the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, Yunus Satrio Atmojo, as saying that he was concerned the acidity of the ash may have weathered the ancient stone. Yunus added that archaeologists had prepared a 1km-long plastic sheet to cover areas of the temple once they had been cleaned. Local volunteers have been called in to help with the clean-up operation. The UNESCO-listed Borobudur dates back to the 9th Century and features 504 Buddha statues.

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