Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 318, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 318  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro fiorito, most probably from the Pamukkale area, Denizli, Turkey  
Geological description: Compact banded travertine composed of coarse acicular to granular calcite. The sides of the specimen show the banding clearly.  
Comments: This is probably 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: 95.25 Alabastro antico. Marmor Alabastrum. Alabastro a rosa  

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