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On the white and coloured marbles of the Roman town of Cuicul (Djamila, Algeria)

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This paper reports the results of an archaeometric study of the local and imported marbles found in the Roman town of Cuicul (now Djemila, Algeria), a research project funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union. Of the few imported coloured lithotypes that have been found, four are of Greek origin and one was imported from Asia Minor. In addition, two other classical Roman coloured stones found on the site are probably of local North African origin (most likely one from Numidia and one from Algeria). With regard to the grey and white marbles employed in the statuary and architecture, petrographic study in thin section and the d13C and d18O isotopic data emphasize the frequent use of the local fine-grained lithotype from Filfila (Skikda) together with imported Greek lithotypes (i.e., Pentelic marble, the dolomitic variety of Thasian marble, and Parian marble from Lakkoi) as well as different varieties of the so-called ‘greco scritto', whose provenance in some cases still remains uncertain. In fact, the petrographic and geochemical features of the marbles do not always match those known for the classical ‘greco scritto' from the quarry of Cap de Garde, near Annaba (Algeria).
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hal-00552133 , version 1 (05-01-2011)

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Fabrizio Antonelli, Lorenzo Lazzarini, Stefano Cancelliere, David Dessandier. On the white and coloured marbles of the Roman town of Cuicul (Djamila, Algeria). Archaeometry, 2010, 52 (4), p. 575-596. ⟨10.1111/j.1475-4754.2009.00498.x⟩. ⟨hal-00552133⟩

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