Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone

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Archetype, 2002 - Art - 420 pages
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In the last decade, geologists, physicists and chemists have made great progress in finding scientific techniques to aid archaeologists, epigraphers, philologists and historians of ancient art and architecture in identifying the stones used in ancient monuments and works of art. The principal encounters for exploring these scientific techniques and their applications to the humanities have been the conferences of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA). The fifth conference, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1998, brings out a new wealth of highly reliable results for monument-rich countries such as Italy and Greece, where new technologies have been coupled with traditional analysis and expertise. ASMOSIA 5 explores the new picture of the archaeological and economic realities in regions ranging from Turkey to Norway that overviews of the use of stone, especially marble, have helped to compose. The book advances new views of sculptors' working methods, identifies new quarries, explores long-known quarries and restores the proper names of some quarries.

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Contents

A new quarry of green cipollino and of red fior di pesco Matthias Bruno
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White marble quarries and architectural marbles of Cape Tainaron Greece
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A new variety of granito bianco e new from Wadi Barud Egypt James A Harrell and Lorenzo Lazzarini
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Richard Newman is the author of over 200 books, articles, and reviews in African-American studies. He is currently research officer at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. Prior to this, he was managing editor of the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Mr. Newman resides in Massachusetts.

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