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Provenance of White Marbles from the Roman City of Tauriana (Palmi, Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Science (DiBEST), University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy
Department of Earth Science, University of Pisa, Via S. Maria, 53, 56126 Pisa (PI), Italy
Archaeologist, Via Pietrenere, 4, 89015 Palmi (RC), Italy
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Minerals 2020, 10(4), 297; (registering DOI)
Received: 18 February 2020 / Revised: 24 March 2020 / Accepted: 25 March 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
The work shows the results of an archaeometric study performed on fourteen white marble samples from the Roman city of Tauriana (Palmi, Reggio Calabria, Italy), belonging to different architectural elements of the Municipal Museum Complex and artifacts reused in the modern town. Samples were studied by optical microscopy (OM), x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), and isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) of 13C and 18O with the aim to identify their provenance. The comparison between the collected data and the historical ones, concerning the ancient quarries of white marble of the Mediterranean area, allowed us to prove that most of the marbles used in the city of Tauriana were from the Apuan Alps Basin (Carrara) and, in few cases, from Minor Asia (Proconnesos, Aphrodisias, Docimium) and Greek (Thasos and Pentelic) quarries. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeometry; white marbles; provenance; isotopic analysis archaeometry; white marbles; provenance; isotopic analysis
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De Luca, R.; Barca, D.; Bloise, A.; Dominici, R.; Lezzerini, M.; Sica, M.M.; Miriello, D. Provenance of White Marbles from the Roman City of Tauriana (Palmi, Reggio Calabria, Italy). Minerals 2020, 10, 297.

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