Special Issue "Metallic Minerals and Other Geomaterials in the Mediterranean Area: From Archaeology to Current Resources"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Giuseppina Balassone

Dipartimento Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e delle Risorse, Università di Napoli Federico II, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, Via Cintia, 80126 Napoli, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Mediterranean area has been of key importance for the history and development of human culture, as well as for geological knowledge. This Special Issue on "Metallic minerals and other geomaterials in the Mediterranean area: from archaeology to current resources” will collect contributes of original research that present both archaeometric investigations of metal and non-metal artifacts from archaeological sites and mineralogical, geochemical and petrographic investigations of metallic minerals from deposits basically related to the Mediterranean domain.

Prof. Giuseppina Balassone
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Metallic minerals
  • Georesources
  • Geomaterials
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeometry
  • Mediterranean area

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Archaeometric Approach for Studying Architectural Earthenwares from the Archaeological Site of S. Omobono (Rome-Italy)
Minerals 2019, 9(5), 266; https://doi.org/10.3390/min9050266
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 25 April 2019 / Accepted: 29 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
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Abstract
This paper reports the findings of an archaeometric study performed on 14 architectural earthenwares from the archaeological site of S. Omobono, located in the historic center of Rome (Italy). The archaeological site, accidentally discovered in 1937, includes the remains of a sacred area [...] Read more.
This paper reports the findings of an archaeometric study performed on 14 architectural earthenwares from the archaeological site of S. Omobono, located in the historic center of Rome (Italy). The archaeological site, accidentally discovered in 1937, includes the remains of a sacred area previously occupied by two temples, one of which was converted into the church of S. Omobono, in 1575. The samples, dated between the 7th and the 6th century BC, belong to different sectors of the site. Their petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical characterization was performed by optical microscopy (OM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA), and Raman spectroscopy (RS). The compositional data obtained were also subjected to the principal component analysis (PCA) in order to highlight similarities and differences among the samples. By combining geochemical and petrographic data, we were able to identify several different fabrics. Furthermore, the study provided valuable information on the firing temperatures of some samples and the provenance of the raw materials, by analyzing the chemical composition of clinopyroxenes present as non-plastic inclusions. Full article
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