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Marble analysis, 60.40.A

Statute of Apollon

White marble
Marble origin: Paros (Paros-Chorodaki) (Greece) or Aphrodisias (Turkey)?

 

Mineralogy: calcite 
Texture: heteroblastic
Maximum grain size (MGS): 1.32 mm
δ18OV-PDB: -2.81 ‰
δ13CV-PDB: 2.49 ‰
Cathodoluminescence color: brown-red and dark brown
Cathodoluminescence intensity: weak
Cathodoluminescence distribution: heterogeneous

Stable isotope data fall in a zone where different source areas (i.e. Göktepe, Carrara, Hymettus, Thasos, Naxos, Aphrodisias, Paros, Marmara) overlap and the data are not conclusive. However, the MGS, the texture and the color of luminescence support Paros as the origin of this marble. Misclassification with Aphrodisian marbles can not be excluded: same stable isotopic values and same color of luminescence.

D. Decrouez & K. Ramseyer (2001, 2016)