Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Moving 4,000 Tons Using Only the Strength of Humans and Animals: Historians Accompany the Castle Construction in Friesach


Entirely in keeping with medieval construction methods, a castle is being erected in the Austrian town of Friesach. The project, which is scheduled to last 30 years, is being accompanied by a number of historians. On July 5th, the corner stone for the visitors' centre will be laid.

Medieval castles are regarded as buildings of particular stability: Even after 1,000 years, many have successfully withstood the ravages of time. Making the most of a construction site, where a castle is being constructed using medieval methods, historians are critically examining the existing knowledge about tools and materials, in an effort to gain new insights. "For example, a female expert in the history of construction is currently conducting research in Friesach in order to discover the secret of the medieval mortar mixture," Johannes Grabmayer, project leader at the Department of History at the Alpen-Adria-Universit├Ąt explains. An understanding of this "perfect mortar" could also be of interest to today's manufacturers of construction equipment and materials.