How and why grave monuments become illegible

Wind erosion

Wind erosion of gravestone monuments is often a very gradual process and is greatly influenced by the type of stone and its position relative to the prevailing wind.

The most likely types of stone to suffer wind erosion are those made from sandstone. Other much harder stones such as granite and slate are the least effected by wind erosion.

wind erosion at Little Common, Sussex (1101)
Example of wind erosion

wind erosion at Little Common, Sussex (1095)
Example of wind erosion

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