A short history of the use of lime as a building material beyond Europe and North America

Dorn Carran, John Hughes, Alick Leslie, Craig J Kennedy

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    Abstract

    The use of lime in building construction began at least 10,000 years ago, with debated evidence of earlier uses. The focus of academic research to date has been on historical and archaeological use of lime in Europe and the Near East. This work is an attempt to provide a summary of the history of lime as a building material in China, India, Africa, and Central and South America, based on available literature resources. Patterns of functional evolution suggest beginnings in small-scale, domestic surface coating evolving later to more widespread use linked to societal development in the regions considered. Commonalities exist in material characteristics and usage between different societies, linked to technological progress rather than absolute chronology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-146
    Number of pages30
    JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Heritage
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • history
    • architectural history
    • lime
    • lime mortar
    • building materials
    • china
    • india
    • africa
    • south america
    • medoamerica

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