State of Conservation (SOC)
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Current conservation issues
The Bureau noted that the restoration work was continuing and that the archaeological activities were limited to excavations connected with the installation of an electric line. The Bureau was concerned that the means and human resources to ensure the protection of the site were not yet in place.
The Division of Classical Antiquities responsible for the management of Delos, in their response to the Bureau's concerns, has informed the World Heritage Centre that restoration problems at this site were mainly caused by adverse meteorological conditions and salty air. The excavations carried out in connection with the installation of facilities for electricity in the island have been completed and an ancient "tavern" with important items of pottery has been discovered.
The Greek authorities have agreed with the Bureau's comment regarding the inadequacy of human resources available for the protection of the site and have informed the World Heritage Centre that they are now taking necessary steps to appoint additional personnel. While there are only six guards at present, it has been estimated that a minimum of twenty guards would be required for the adequate protection of the site under normal conditions.
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Delos and Delphi (Greece)
The Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre informed the Committee of the status of the site of Delos, over which the Bureau had expressed some concern in terms of the human resources required for its protection. Following the explanations provided by the Observer from Greece, the Committee took note of the willingness of the Greek authorities to increase the number of guards in spite of the problems involved in attracting employees to an island which is no longer inhabited. On the other hand, concerning the site of Delphi, the Greek Observer reminded the Committee of the protective measures taken as well as the restoration activities coinciding with the one hundredth anniversary of the excavation works of the Ecole Frangaise d'Athenes celebrated in 1992.
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Adverse meteorological conditions
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Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).