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Ancient concrete resilience

The mausoleum of a first-century BCE Roman nobleman’s daughter has recently been the subject of research providing insights into the materials that went into its construction.

The Tomb of Caecilia Metella, situated on the outskirts of Rome, is closely associated with the much larger context of the archaeological site of Capo di Bove. The site corresponds to the period of Imperial Rome (27 BCE to 476 CE).

Architecturally, the structure of the Tomb of Caecilia Metella consists of a cylindrical dome on a square podium.

“The concrete of the cylindrical wall’ deserved a closer inspection because ‘it remains highly cohesive despite 2050 years of exposure due to infiltration of rainwater, groundwater and high humidity,” the paper states. The reason behind the tomb’s strength is that it was constructed from the deposits. of eruptions.