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Preliminary Observations On The Building Materials At The Prehistoric Settlement Of Toumba Thessaloniki

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR990231

Volume

42

Pages

7

Published

1999

Size

768 kb

Author(s)

P. Spathis, B. Christaras & A. Stergiou

Abstract

From the excavations at Toumba Thessaloniki, large constructions built during the final Late Bronge Age and the Early Iron Age, were found. The problem of the conservation of the mudbrick, the main building material of these structures, is severe and condition to select an effective preservation method is the knowledge of the composition and properties of the material, as well the processes contributing to the deterioration of the structures. A study of the mineralogical and chemical composition and the physical and mechanical properties of the material was carried out and from the results it follows that it consists of a mixture of clay, silt and sand. It is mainly composed of quartz and na

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