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Building stone is a significant product in most human communities. While some civilizations paid more attention to the aesthetics of the stone, others focused more on physical properties, especially durability, as well as the ease of transportation to construction sites. These latter issues determined which rocks were exploited, in preference to others, for centuries. Ancient Roman society became expert in constructing durable engineering projects (e.g. roads, bridges and aqueducts). Most of their projects were realized using local granites and most remain in excellent condition today. The historic cores of many European cities need to preserve their integrity, using the...

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