History & Definition of Cement

History & Definition of Cement

Cement was used by the Egyptians in constructing the pyramids. The Greeks and Romans used volcanic tuff mixed with lime for cement. In 1824 an Englishman Joseph Aspdin, prepared artificial cement made by the calcinations of an argillaceous limestone. He called this Portland because concrete made from it resembled a famous building stone obtained from the Isle of Portland near England. Hence, the names Portland cement.

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