How Are Ancient Roman And Mayan Buildings Still Standing? Scientists Unlocking Secrets

  • In the quest to build better for the future, some are looking for answers in the long-ago past.
  • Ancient builders across the world created structures that are still standing today, thousands of years later — from Roman engineers who poured thick concrete sea barriers, to Maya masons who crafted plaster sculptures to their gods, to Chinese builders who raised walls against invaders.
  • Yet scores of more recent structures are already staring down their expiration dates: The concrete that makes up much of our modern world has a lifespan of around 50 to 100 years.
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