translated from Spanish: INAH looks to replace Tula Atlanteans with replicas

The delegate of the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Hidalgo (INAH), Hector Alvarez Santiago, revealed that, for preservation purposes, the federal unit intends to replace with replicas the two «original» Atlanteans that are exhibited in pyramid B of the Tula archaeological area.
The delegate said the decision is not easy, but due to the acid rain rainfall in Tula, archaeological monuments are damaged.
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He also insisted that this acidic precipitation has chemical components that degrade the stone material of colossal sculptures, which are affected in their colors and reliefs.
«Even, because of their antiquity, archaeological pieces can be affected even by the action of the wind,» Alvarez Santiago argued, adding that the possibility of replacement is very real.
On other issues, the delegate stated that although the possibility of reopening the southern gate as the main access to the archaeological area continues as a very strong alternative, it finds it difficult that the project could be consolidated in a short time.
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«To achieve this goal you must first work on the sanitation of the Tula River, since it is not advisable to pass the tourist through the stinking waters of the body of water; In addition, passing the suspension bridge there is a slope of at least 20 degrees, which would be impossible to climb for people with disabilities,» he said.
Finally, the INAH official added that the necessary infrastructure to create the entrance is necessary, in addition to enabling toilets.
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