Albuquerque uses 'elephant snot' to clean defaced petroglyphs

February 27, 2015 6:09 PM

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Albuquerque uses 'elephant snot' to clean defaced petroglyphs

Petroglyphs are valuable relics of a past age – rock carvings that are produced by chiseling directly into a rock’s surface. That being said, archaeologists and conservationists alike are dismayed when these carvings are defaced by graffiti. What is the best way to clean up the mess? The answer surprisingly is a product named “elephant snot.”

For petroglyphs found outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, conservation officials are turning to the strange product to prevent damage from the vandalism, reports KOB Eyewitness News 4.

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