Published On: Tue, May 8th, 2018

Restoration work continues in the archaeological site of Tulum

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The restoration of some points of the main pyramids of Tulum continues at a steady pace. Staff of restorers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History assure that these works are being carried out year after year and that it is not for any specific damage that Mayan structures have.

According to specialists attached to the Conservation and Research Project of Mural Painting in the Eastern Coast of Quintana Roo, the archaeological zone of Tulum is a priority in this department of INAH, since the proximity of the sea to the site puts at risk the pictorial murals that still remain within some of the buildings such as the castle, the temple of the paintings and the descending god.

The restorer Patricia Meehan Hermanson, member of the National Coordination of Conservation of the Cultural Heritage (CNCPC), assures that maintenance is constantly given to the archaeological zone of Tulum as well as to others in Quintana Roo, with a federal budget, but that the most important thing is to achieve the preservation of the mural and architectural spaces.

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“We have a month and a half of work consisting on cleaning and waterproofing the murals and roofs of the most important buildings of the archaeological zone of Tulum such as El Castillo, the Temples of the paintings and the Descending God, as well as the cleaning of the House of the Halach Uinic “.

These maintenance tasks are carried out annually with the double purpose of protecting the structures before the rainy season and maximizing the time that the project’s multidisciplinary team can devote to the conservation and restoration actions in Tulum, Muyil, Xelhá, Tankah and other archaeological zones.

The waterproofing of the buildings used a traditional technique in which consecutive mixtures of bar soap and alum stone are applied daily for seven days.

The expert highlighted that for the first time, thanks to an agreement established by the INAH and the School of Conservation and Restoration of the West (ECRO), this project works as an optional semester in the Degree in Restoration of Movable Property of the ECRO.




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