Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 344, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 344  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro scuro di Collepardo, from Collepardo, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy  
Geological description: Banded compact travertine composed of very fine-grained, grading to coarse-grained, columnar calcite.  
Comments: Collepardo, southeast of Rome, is famous for its karst features and limestone caves containing dramatic speleothems which were first described at the beginning of the 19th century. A rather more orange-coloured variety than Corsi's is illustrated in Faramondi (1985), part of the collection of ornamental and building stones in the Servizio Geologico d'Italia.  
References: Faramondi (1985) 30-31, 37  
Further information: Alabaster-travertine.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 99.11 Alabastro scuro di Collepardo  

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