Marble analysis, 4835

Fragment of a sarcophagus: fleeing Celtic warrior

White marble
Marble origin: Marmara (Turkey) or Paros (Paros-Choriodaki) (Greece)?


Mineralogy: calcite
Texture: heteroblastic
Maximum grain size (MGS): 1.63 mm
δ18OV-PDB: -1.62 ‰
δ13CV-PDB: 2.85 ‰
Cathodoluminescence color: blue with light pink grain boundaries
Cathodoluminescence intensity: weak
Cathodoluminescence distribution: homogeneous

Stable isotope data fall in a zone where different source areas (i.e. Paros, Thasos, Marmara, Carrara, Hymettus) overlap and the data are inconclusive. However, the cathodomicrofacies pattern supports Marmara or Paros as the origin of this marble. 

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (1998, 2017)