Masonry and Stone Construction

  • Sidney M. Levy


The first brick masonry units were manufactured by the Egyptians about 10,000 B.C., and the early Romans used brick in their construction some 2,000 years ago. Brick manufacture in the United States, patterned after that in England, started in the mid-1600s. The first recorded use of mortar was in the year 2690 B.C. when the Great Pyramid of Giza was being built in Egypt. The first use of Portland cement occurred in the early 1800s. So we can see that masonry construction has been around for quite some time, but there are still a great number of questions concerning proper masonry construction.


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