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. 209-228.

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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 ID: 11728
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1475-4754
Keywords: marble; calcite; Naxos; Greece; microstructure; grain size; cathodoluminescence; isotope analysis; provenance; second phase
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 03:13
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040399 Geology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 50%
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