Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 316

Corsi 316, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 316  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro fiorito, almost certainly from the Pamukkale area, Denizli, Turkey  
Geological description: Medium-grained compact banded travertine composed mainly of calcite, in some bands as colourless prismatic crystals. It is coloured by iron oxides, the bushy dendritic growths probably generated by cyanobacterial action.  
Comments: This is almost certainly alabastro fiorito from Pamukkale. The spa resort of Pamukkale is the site of the ancient city of Hierapolis, and travertine, deposited by hot springs, forms huge terraces from which stone was extracted in ancient times, and is still quarried to this day. Ancient quarries have been located near the ruins of Hierapolis and near the village of Gölemezli.  
References: Borghini (1997) 142-145; Bruno (2002a); Corsi (1845) 135-136, 138; Lazzarini (2002c) 253; Mielsch (1985) 37, taf.1; Price (2007) 56  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; i. Antique alabaster  
Corsi's text: 95.23 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro a rosa  

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