28 Kasım 2012 Çarşamba

Ancient Elephant Rises Anew

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(Hurriyet Newspaper, 27 November 2012)
Walking tall once again.

At the museum in Kahramanmaras, a special
construction technique has been used to raise
the skeleton of a  Great Asian Elephant whose
bones were found in the Gavur Lake Swamp
and date to 1400 B.C. The missing bones were
added in and no damage done to the existing ones
during the construction.

The most striking elements found in the display
room of the Kahramanmaras Museum are two
elephants, the smaller of which is displayed as
it was found, in a glass case. The larger one, though,
is being displayed upright, after the work done by
the expert restorers of the Culture and Tourism

In raising the Great Asian Elephant, known in Latin
as 'Elephas Maximus Asurus', a 'first' in Turkey
was achieved. The expert restorers, advised by
specialists from MTA (Maden Tetkik Arama-
Mine Investigation and Discovery) and the Italian
Paleontology Institute, completed an elephant's
skeleton with bones that are not its own. The
original bones were restored without damage
and the entire skeleton raised with the special
construction system.

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