Ancient Roman Superglue


Roman helmet, laurel wreath attached with an ancient superglue.

From the discovery.com article:
Roman warriors repaired their battle accessories with a superglue that is still sticking around after 2,000 years, according to new findings on display at the Rheinischen Landes Museum in Bonn, Germany.

Running until Feb. 16, 2008, the exhibition “Behind the Silver Mask” presents evidence that the ancient adhesive was used to mount silver laurel leaves on legionnaires’ battle helmets.

“It’s a sensational find and a complete stroke of luck that we were still able to find traces of the substance after 2000 years,” Frank Willer, the museum’s chief restorer, told Discovery News.

Willer found traces of the superglue while examining a helmet unearthed in 1986 near the German town of Xanten, on what was once the bed of the Rhine.

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3 Responses to “Ancient Roman Superglue”


  1. 1 100swallows January 5, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    This is really unbelievable. First the opus caementicium with its pozzolana agent that allowed the cement to dry underwater, no less! And now this marvelous glue. Isn’t there any ancient author that talks about glues–some Pliny or Vitruvius?

  2. 2 westernparadigm January 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Imagine all the various technologies that have been lost over time that might never be recovered. How far ahead of where we are today might we be?

  3. 3 100swallows January 5, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    I wish I knew where we were going!
    I see my avatar only leads to The Best Artists, westernparadigm.I hope you will see something that interests you at my other blog, called Adventures in Spain. http://100falcons.wordpress.com/
    I lucked on your blog just today and will come back often to see your goodies.


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