Marble provenance investigation of the Roman Sabine sarcophagus

Abstract

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.

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Author Biography

Fred White, Florida Archaeological Survey, Gainesville, FL

Dr. F. Ashley White is an American archaeologist and art historian. He is an expert in the conservation of cultural artifacts including art and antiquities.  Dr. White has degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University, as well has worked at Duke University.   He is currently on the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America, founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress.  Dr. White serves on the AIA Cultural Heritage Policy Committee at Boston University which is comprised of the world’s top art historians which are responsible for investigating and responding to issues concerning the illicit trade in stolen art and antiquities.  Dr. White currently works with the International Committee of the Blue Shield for the protection of the world’s cultural heritage, and serves on the Advisory Board and the Collections and Acquisitions Committee for The Appleton Museum of Art. Dr. White’s experience includes two decades of field research at some of the world’s most sensitive archaeological sites in Asia - including Russia, China, India and Turkey, the Middle East, North and Sub-Sahara Africa, England, Scotland, Ireland, Twelve additional countries in Europe, North and Central America, and South America including the Amazon Basin.

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2014-11-11
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Keywords:
sarcophagus, marble, provenance, quarry, Roman
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White, F. (2014). Marble provenance investigation of the Roman Sabine sarcophagus. Open Journal of Archaeometry, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/arc.2014.5232