Cemetery Preservation and Maintenance Manual

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Cemetery Preservation and Maintenance Manual

Old cemeteries are irreplaceable historical resources subject to abandonment, apathy, encroachment, environmental factors, vandalism, and theft (Trippe-Dillon n.d.). Key threats include technological advances; lack of care in maintaining these resources, including the use of modern machines and chemicals that often damage markers; pollution, which causes more rapid weathering of stones; theft of markers and decorative features; and lack of respect for the markers, resulting in vandalism.