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  • 1 Materials Science Institute of Seville (CSIC-Seville University) Avda. Americo Vespucio, s/n 41092 Seville Spain
  • | 2 Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, CNRS-C2RMF UMR 171 14 quai François Mitterrand, Palais du Louvre 75001 Paris France
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Roman ancient mortars have been widely studied, in connection with both diagnosis and application required for restoring. Thermoanalytical experiments performed on mortars from Pompeii and Herculaneum provided a very good understanding of the technology employed. The mortars from Pompeii were obtained by the proper mixing of lime and marble grains while mortars of Herculaneum by lime and silicates compounds. The position of the endothermic peak of calcite decomposition showed important variations in the different samples studied, which was assigned to the different crystallinity and particle sizes. Experiments under CO2 flow confirmed the presence of magnesium calcium carbonates.

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