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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Use of Joints and Inlays in the Restoration of Buildings in Antiquity

In spite of the increasing interest in the restoration of monuments, many aspects of the restoration works performed in antiquity are scarcely known. This article deals with the restorations performed by using joints and inlays. The ancient buildings, being exposed to numerous factors that could cause damage and decay, such as natural phenomena-earthquakes, floods, etc.-, or man himself, needed restoration in order to be preserved in the best possible condition. Quite ofetn, however, the restorers of antiquity sought simple and inexpensive methods of restoration, if the damage was limited and thus the replacement of an entire worn stone was uneconomical. The use of joints and inlays could fulfill these conditions, which very well explains why they were commonly used in the entire Greek world, regardless of the period.