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Mapping of mortars and ashlars in watchtowers of Reconquest Ages in Cuenca district, Spain

Title: Mapping of mortars and ashlars in watchtowers of Reconquest Ages in Cuenca district, Spain
Author(s): J.R. Ruiz Checa, V. Cristini
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd Conference on Historic Mortars - HMC 2010 and RILEM TC 203-RHM final workshop
Editor(s): J. Válek, C. Groot and J.J. Hughes
Print-ISBN: None
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-112-4
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 327 - 334
Total Pages: 8
Nb references: 16
Language: English

Abstract: In the inner tablelands of Spain, in Cuenca district, at only 150kms south east from Madrid we can discover a dense net of watchtowers, dated on the last years of the 12th century, scattered all over the territory. These enigmatic constructions, following the results of the presented, research have a Muslim origin and a Christian maintenance, due to their control of the territory and bonded with the regulation of the displacements of livestock during the seasons. Have they a military or a civil function? Both of the possibilities are documented... at the same time, a part from a morphological and typological developed study, the research has opened an interesting study about the features of the mortar and the ashlars used in the district during the Reconquest Ages. The direct analysis shows the use of specific masonries, both for religious, and for civil constructions, made by manageable ashlars, set in regular rows, with a deep filling of lime mortars. These mortars, rich in lime, as the chemical analysis show could guarantee the good performances of the walls during the ages, in spite of the use of sedimentary and low quality limestone ashlars. The result of the research is a useful "pattern book" of the masonries of the watchtowers and Reconquest buildings in the district, throughout the centuries and during their reparations.

Online publication: 2010-10-25
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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