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Isotope technologies applied to the analysis of ancient roman mortars

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


The goal of the ITER consortium was to investigate why Roman mortar is more durable than today's modern mortars. A combination of innovative isotope technology and traditional methods helped to identify unique properties of Roman mortar that account for its durability. Isotopic and mineralogical data collected from three archaeological sites was used to construct a database of mortar characteristics, which is being used to reproduce mortars for the authentic conservation of ancient buildings and artefacts. The knowledge gained from this CRAFT project is being used to develop new construction techniques and to produce improved and more compatible mortars.

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Authors: REHM-BERBENNI C, FUTUREtec GmbH, Bergisch Gladbach (DE);DRUTA A (et al), FUTUREtec GmbH, Bergisch Gladbach (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21624 EN (2005), 65pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21624-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9883-8
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