Following a detailed site survey, the first phase of the work to be carried out using the crane was the restoration of the lower terrace on the northern half of the east elevation. Some emergency stabilization and protection of the surrounding brick shrine structures were also completed.
Any stones that were dismantled had to be numbered before being moved to safe storage areas. All stone blocks in the northeast corner were removed and the exposed bedrock cleaned of soil, vegetation and remains of deteriorated laterite.
Conservation of damaged stone blocks has begun. Original materials are cleaned, repaired as needed and returned to their location. Replacement stone and laterite are utilized to improve stability where necessary.