Amongst the myriad secrets lost to the ancient world was the formula for Roman concrete: uncannily more robust than today’s mixtures, there are ancient Roman seawalls and harbor piers, built two millennia ago, that are still standing today, whereas modern concrete would require maintenance every few decades under the same aquatic conditions. But now, a new study may have uncovered how the ancients made their long-lasting concrete, suggesting that the secret of this forgotten formula may not truly be set in stone.
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