The Mayan people also used mortar on their construction projects. They made the mortar by burning limestone in a very technical process. They layered the limestone with wood and put a cylinder or pipe up the middle of the stack. Next they burned the pile to make the mortar(Benson 38). To the Mayans the outside appearance of their buildings was much more important than the inside. The temples were decorated with roof combs which sat at the top, outside edge along the front side of the temple(Stierlin 99). The mortar was also used to finish the outside of buildings, coat floors, and make sculptures. The mortar also helped keep everything in place(Benson 43). Unfortunately, in more humid areas the stucco deteriorated quickly due to the dampness.