Sascab is a naturally occurring mineral material described variously as "decomposed limestone", "breccia", and "the lime gravel mixture the Maya used as mortar." It has been used as a building and paving material in Mesoamerica since antiquity. In the context of pottery the term may also apply to mixtures (with clay and water) of a more finely divided form of the same material (described as "stone dust").
It was used by the ancient Maya in place of (or as a partial replacement for) lime in some applications, without needing to be "burned."
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- Osceola, Ilvia Larragán. Roger Juarez Serralta, Regional Potter & Sculptor. Retrieved May 10, 2005.
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