Provenance of chalk tesserae from Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, UK
Tasker, A., Wilkinson, I. P., Fulford, M. and Williams, M. (2011) Provenance of chalk tesserae from Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 122 (5). pp. 933-937. ISSN 0016-7878
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.05.003
Thin section petrographical analysis of chalk tesserae at Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, England, identifies a range of planktonic foraminifera and the calcareous algal cyst Pithonella that identify the Late Cenomanian Rotalipora cushmani Biozone (BGS Foraminiferal Biozones 4iii to 7). The local chalk crop to the north of the villa includes rocks of R. cushmani Biozone age, and indicates a likely local, rather than long distance, source for the tesserae. Microfossils provide a powerful tool for identifying the provenance of artefacts in Roman Britain.