Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 371, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 371  
Name and quarry location: Alabastro di Civitavecchia, from Civitavecchia, Rome, Lazio, Italy  
Geological description: Breccia of travertine clasts, peloids, algal debris and fine-grained ferruginous detritus in a sparite matrix .  
Comments: Confirmed as Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy. Other comparable but more hematite-rich examples of 'alabastro' from this locality are in the De Santis collection in Rome. Jervis (1889) lists a number of quarries in his description of Civitavecchia travertine.  
References: Corpo Reale delle Miniere (1904) 98; Faramondi (1985) 18-19; Jervis (1889) 339-340. Other examples: De Santis Coll. nos. 285 & 283, Servizio Geologico d'Italia, Rome.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 4. Concretionary marbles; Species 1. Alabasters; ii. Italian alabasters  
Corsi's text: 103.38 Alabastro di Civitavecchia  

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