Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 545, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 545  
Name and quarry location: Gesso di Volterra, alabastro di Volterra, from Volterra, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Fine-grained compact gypsum (alabaster).  
Comments: From upper Miocene evaporite deposits in the region of Volterra, Province of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy; most probably from near Mazzolla and la Spicchiaiola, south-west of Volterra (Dallan, 1969; 36). The Volterra gypsum deposits are well known, and are described in some detail by Jervis (1889).  
References: Jervis (1889) 318-328; Price (2007) 46; Stolzuoli (c.1997)  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 3. Gypsums  
Corsi's text: 135.2 Gesso di Volterra  

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