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Geomaterials in Cultural Heritage

Product Code: SP257
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by M Maggetti and B Messiga
Publication Date: 05 May 2006
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Geological Society Special Publication 257

This volume gives a broad view of the application of geoscience techniques to the study of monuments and objects from excavations and museums, including their origin, technique of manufacture, age and conservation, and reaffirms the important contribution of geosciences in the interdisciplinary approach to the study of complex materials such as minerals, rocks, glass, metals, mortar, plaster, slags and pottery.

The papers in this book cover three topics: the study of pottery, glass, stone and mortar; the application of Raman spectroscopy to a wide variety of objects; and the future of archaeometry. Interdisciplinary studies including field geology, geophysics, microscopy, textural analysis, physical methods and geochemistry are used to unlock information from the ancient materials, such as the provenance of raw materials, the firing technology, the ancient recipes and the alteration pathways.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-195-5
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-195-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 360
Weight: 1.00 kg


Archaeometry: quo vadis? M Maggetti • A review of the non-destructive identification of diverse geomaterials in the cultural heritage using different configurations of Raman spectroscopy, D C Smith • The Neolithic pottery of Abri Pendimoun (Castellar, France): a petro-archaeometric study, E Basso, D Binder, B Messiga and M P Riccardi • Provenance and technology of Apulia Neolithic pottery, R Laviano and I M Muntoni • Late La Tene pottery from western Switzerland: one regional or several local workshops? M Maggetti and G Galetti • Characterization of Maltese pottery of the Late Neolithic, Bronze Age and Punic Period by neutron activation analysis, H Mommsen, A Bonanno, K Chetcuti Bonavita, I Kakoulli, M Musumeci, C Sagona, A Schwedt, N C Vella and N Zacharias • Cobalt blue painted pottery from 18th Dynasty Egypt, A J Shortland, C A Hope and M S Tite • The ceramic technology used in the manufacture of Iron Age pottery from Galilee, S Shoval, P Beck and E Yadin • Fibre-tempered pottery of the Stallings Island Culture from the Crescent site, Beaufort County, South Carolina: a mineralogical and petrographical study, M S Smith and M B Trinkley • Chemical-mineralogical characterization of historical bricks from Ferrara: an integrated bulk and micro-analytical approach, G Bianchini, E Marrocchino, A Moretti and C Vaccaro • Golden mica cooking pottery from Gökeyüp (Manisa), Turkey, M Çolak, M Maggetti and G Galetti • Chemical and mineralogical investigations of majolicas (16th-19th centuries) from Laterza, southern Italy, C Dell' Aquila, R Laviano and F Vurro • Islamic and Hispano-Moresque (múdejar) lead glazes in Spain: a technical approach, M Vendrell-Saz, J Molera, J Roque and J Perez-Arantegui • Archaeometric analyses of game counters from Pompeii, R Arletti, A Ciarallo, S Quartieri, G Sabatino and G Vezzalini • Pre-industrial glassmaking in the Swiss Jura: the refractory earth for the glassworks of Derrière Sairoche (ct. Bern, 1699-1714), G Eramo • Glass production in Late Antiquity and the Early Islamic period: a geochemical perspective, I C Freestone • Medieval stained glass windows from Pavia Carthusian monastery (northern Italy), V Marchesi, E Negri, B Messiga and M P Riccardi • Petrographic features and thermal behaviour of the historically known 'pietra ollare' from the Italian Central Alps (Valchiavenna and Valmalenco), F Antonelli, P Santi, A Renzulli, and A Bonazza • Obsidian localization and circulation in northwestern Patagonia (Argentina): sources and archaeological record, C Bellelli, F X Pereyra and M Carballido • Prehistoric polished stone artefacts in Italy: a petrographic and archaeological assessment, C D'Amico and E Starnini • The stone of the inscribed Etruscan stelae from the Valdelsa area (Siena, Italy), A Gandin, E Capezzuoli and A Ciacci • Geological tools to interpret Scottish medieval carved sculpture: combined petrological and magnetic susceptibility analysis, S Miller, F M McGibbon, D H Caldwell and N A Ruckley • Geochemical and petrographic approaches to chert tool provenance studies: evidence from two western USA Holocene archaeological sites, M Morgenstein • Identification, characterization and weathering of the stones used in medieval religious architecture in L'Aquila (Italy), R Quaresima, C Giampaolo, F Spernanzoni and R Volpe • Textural analysis of ancient plasters and mortars: reliability of image analysis approaches, F Carò, A Di Giulio and R Marmo 


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