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Marble provenance investigation of the Roman Sabine sarcophagus

Fred White


The provenance of marbles used for making sarcophagi during the Roman period is an important question and scientific analysis can provide a strong confirmation and basis for future studies determining when and where the materials were obtained for manufacture. By using three different techniques (i.e., electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, stable isotope analysis and maximum grain size measurements) plus in situ examination, it is possible to resolve fully the provenance and date range of the ancient marble.


sarcophagus, marble, provenance, quarry, Roman

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Submitted: 2013-12-10 14:02:59
Published: 2014-11-11 00:00:00
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