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How are ancient Roman and Mayan buildings still standing? Scientists are unlocking their secrets

  • Ancient builders used a variety of unconventional materials, such as tree bark, volcanic ash, rice, beer, and urine, in their structures, leading to their longevity.
  • Recent scientific studies have discovered that Roman concrete has the ability to repair itself, which is why some structures have stood for thousands of years. This self-repairing capability comes from the presence of lime chunks in the material.
  • The use of specific volcanic materials, like rocks left behind after eruptions, contributed to the durability and adaptability of ancient building materials. These reactive materials interacted with the elements, allowing them to seal cracks and maintain their structural integrity.
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