Burning sea shells to make quicklime

Burning seashells - scallop - to make lime wash and mortar in the small kiln in Millstone Park

Burning seashells – scallop – to make lime paint and mortar in the small kiln in Millstone Park. Photo by Per Storemyr

Burning sea shells to make quicklime once was a great tradition in the North-Atlantic region. In Millstone Park, Hyllestad (W-Norway), we have built two limekilns, reviving old lime burning traditions, involving craftspeople, volunteers and the public. Recently we burnt sea shells to make lime paint and mortar! Read about the experiment in a new poster and web article.

  • Storemyr, P. (2018): Burning sea shells to make quicklime. I Vesterled – Westward Bound. Conference at the University of Bergen, Poster session, 17-18 October 2018. Poster at my academia.edu page

And here’s a longer article at the website of Millstone Park (in Norwegian, and with references):

Poster on burning sea shells to make quicklime

Poster on burning sea shells to make quicklime

About Per Storemyr

I work with the archaeology of old stone quarries, monuments and rock art. And try to figure out how they can be preserved. For us - and those after us. For the joy of old stone!
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