decay

Sealing Stone

Historically numerous substances have been used, in an attempt to make stones last longer when placed outdoors. Olive oil, whale oil, turpentine, and wax represent just a few of the liquids applied to masonry in a mostly vain effort to inhibit the future deterioration of stone.

A State of Decay

A large percentage of the stones found in Cemeteries, burying grounds and graveyards are in an advanced state of decay. Many factors have combined to contribute to this degraded condition. Acid rain and localized pollution have combined, along with the elements of nature, to greatly increase the speed at which many landmarks are being defaced or lost altogether. Land development has infringed on graveyards and diminished their historic perspective.