The source of stone building materials from the Pompeii archaeological area and its surroundings.

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Kastenmeier P, Di Maio G, Balassone G, Boni M, Joachimski M, Mondillo N
Journal: Periodico Di Mineralogia
Publication year: 2010
Volume: 2010
Pages range: 39-58
ISSN: 0369-8963


Abstract


This work is part of a large-scale survey carried out by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) of Berlin, which aim to locate the sources of raw building materials employed throughout various archaeological sites on the Sarno River plain (Pompeii, Nuceria, Stabiae, Longola, etc.) while also reconstructing the paleo-environments of this area during the Olocene. The present paper reports the preliminary results of a multidisciplinary project on the ancient stones used for construction in the town of Pompeii and other archaeological areas nearby (6th century B.C.-A.D.79). The building stones used in these areas (volcanic and sedimentary carbonate rocks) have been analysed for their geological, mineralogical, petrographic and geochemical features and have been compared to rocks cropping out on the Sarno River plain - the possible provenances for these building material. Our data indicate that most of the stones employed for the edifices in Pompeii and other related archaeological sites between 6th century B.C. and A.D. 79 originate from local quarries, mainly situated in several localities on the Sarno River plain itself and in surrounding areas.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Joachimski, Michael Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geologie (Exogene Dynamik)


External institutions
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI)
Geomed S.r.l. Geoarcheologia e Geologia Ambientale
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II


How to cite

APA:
Kastenmeier, P., Di Maio, G., Balassone, G., Boni, M., Joachimski, M., & Mondillo, N. (2010). The source of stone building materials from the Pompeii archaeological area and its surroundings. Periodico Di Mineralogia, 2010, 39-58. https://dx.doi.org/10.2451/2010PM0020

MLA:
Kastenmeier, Pia, et al. "The source of stone building materials from the Pompeii archaeological area and its surroundings." Periodico Di Mineralogia 2010 (2010): 39-58.

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