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Provenance of marbles from Naxos based on microstructural and geochemical characterization

Ebert, A., Gnos, E., Ramseyer, K., Spandler, C., Fleitmann, D., Bitzios, D. and Decrouez, D. (2010) Provenance of marbles from Naxos based on microstructural and geochemical characterization. Archaeometry, 52 (2). pp. 208-228. ISSN 1475-4754

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2009.00477.x

Abstract/Summary

A detailed quantitative microstructural study coupled with cathodoluminescence and geochemical analyses on marbles from Naxos demonstrates that the analysis of microstructures is the most sensitive method to define the origin of marbles within, and between, different regions. Microstructure examination can only be used as an accurate provenance tool if a correction for the second-phase content is considered. If second phases are not considered, a large spread of different microstructures occurs within sample sites, making a separation between neighbouring outcrops difficult or impossible. Moreover, this study shows that the origin of a marble is defined more precisely if the microstructural observations are coupled with cathodoluminescence data.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:30484
Uncontrolled Keywords:MARBLE; CALCITE; NAXOS; GREECE; MICROSTRUCTURE; GRAIN SIZE; CATHODOLUMINESCENCE; ISOTOPE ANALYSIS; PROVENANCE; SECOND PHASE
Publisher:Wiley

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