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How on earth does a building material such as daub last so long?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (30713points) 3 weeks ago

Did they have to patch or replace it often?
What was in it that enabled it to withstand the elements?

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The structure is built of sticks called wattle and the daub is dried mud, clay or dung. I imagine the framing holds it up and the daub dries to a fairly hard, semi-impermeable shell.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@janbb – I am amazed that it doesn’t degrade quickly. When I recycle my own clay, it doesn’t take all that long to break down .
From what I understand it is still used today.

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@Pinguidchance -Thank you for the video :)
Still amazed by this stuff.

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