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13:28, Fri 4 Jun 2010
A medieval system of marking stone in building work could be a cheap and effective way of ending the modern day frustration of constructing flat-pack furniture, according to a University of Warwick academic.
Masons Marks refer to marks made on the blocks of walling stone and on moulded stone as part of the construction process, and have been in use for centuries.
Academics studying the use of the marks at the University of Warwick claim self-assembly furniture manufacturers could learn a lot from the ancient system and save thousands of pounds in production costs.