Marble analysis, 73.12.A

Gravestone from Asia Minor

White marble
Marble origin: Turkey


Mineralogy: calcite
Texture: heteroblastic
Maximum grain size (MGS): 2.10 mm 
δ18OV-PDB: -6.94 ‰
δ13CV-PDB: -1.01 ‰
Cathodoluminescence color: brown and brown-red
Cathodoluminescence intensity: weak
Cathodoluminescence distribution: heterogeneous

Stable isotope data fall in a zone where different source areas (i.e. Afyon, Aphrodisias, Ephesos, Denizli, Mugla) overlap and the data are not conclusive. The texture, the MGS and the cathodomicrofacies pattern don’t match those of the Afyon marbles. The cathodomicrofacies of the marbles from the other places are rather different in our data bank. On the basis of the archaeological context and the isotopic signature, the quarry of origin of this marble is situated in Turkey.

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (1997, 2019)