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Iron Pot Hole Fix
#1
Ave Civitas,

Read an interesting article from the Ancient Origins Web site concerning road repair in the city of Pompeii.

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-his...ds-0011920

Tom
AKA Tom Chelmowski

Historiae Eruditere (if that is proper Latin)
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#2
(05-17-2019, 01:41 PM)Lothia Wrote: Ave Civitas,

Read an interesting article from the Ancient Origins Web site concerning road repair in the city of Pompeii.

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-his...ds-0011920

Tom

Could be native iron (or high ferric content) occuring as inclusions in the Volcanic rock used for the road surface, I guess we'll find out when its analysed:

Romans May Have Repaired Roads with Molten Iron

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Ivor

"And the four bare walls stand on the seashore. a wreck a skeleton a monument of that instability and vicissitude to which all things human are subject. Not a dwelling within sight, and the farm labourer, and curious traveller, are the only persons that ever visit the scene where once so many thousands were congregated." T.Lewin 1867
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#3
The roads would have been repaired using slag from the iron bloomery, not the iron itself. Their "iron droplets, spatters, and stains" would be indistinguishable from the iron remnants in bloomery slag. Smelters were only 80-90% efficient so 10-20% of the iron was still in the slag after the smelt.
Author: Bronze Age Military Equipment, Pen & Sword Books
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