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Is sticky rice the best material to use for restoring ancient buildings?

  • Sticky rice has held buildings together for thousands of years

    Surprisingly, scientists have found that sticky rice has properties that make it suitable for restoring ancient buildings. Sticky rice was used added to mortar 1500 years ago by Chinese masons as a strengthening agent. Combined with traditional lime mortar, sticky rice is physically strong and has more mechanical strength than lime mortar alone.

  • Sticky rice can be shaped easily

    Because ancient building have a delicacy to them, only due to there incredible age, I would say that using a flexible material, such as stated above, would be the most cautious way to reconstruct the deteriorating building. As for how strong the mold with be afterwards I cannot guess, but assuming that the building are more for sight seeing than living then I wouldn't find this an issue.

  • The ancient art of using sticky rice as mortar is best for restoring old buildings

    Yes, scientists have discovered that sticky rice is best for binding and filling gaps between bricks and stone blocks. It is the best readily available material for restoring old buildings. The rice mixture is mixed with mortar material, heated, and then exposed to water. Both organic and inorganic materials are used. Perhaps the West could learn from this 1500-year-old traditional method for inventing modern ways to restore its own buildings.

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  • Sticky Rice may be the best material to use for restoring ancient building.

    Recent scientific discovery shows that the ancient Chinese made the mortar for their buildings using sticky rice. The mortar was found to be stronger, with great physical properties, and more water resistant than standard mortar, and many of the buildings made with stick rice had endured earthquakes and other natural disasters


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