Byzantine mortars of the Negev Desert

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    The choice of appropriate materials for restoration of historical buildings depends on scientific data from the analysis of materials used for the original construction. In this study the results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses of different Byzantine mortars from a church in the Negev Highlands, Israel, are considered. Moreover, the possibility for the production of lime in this area and its use as a mortar binder are discussed. It was concluded that the mortar for floor was prepared on the basis of local loess. The mortar for wall stonework contained lime as a binder.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-23
    Number of pages5
    JournalConstruction and Building Materials
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Feb 2005


    • Byzantine period
    • Composition
    • Mortars

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction
    • General Materials Science


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