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Identification of different types of imperial age marble finds using instrumental chemical analysis and pattern recognition analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11836948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A physical-chemical characterisation of several marbles frequently used in ancient times for artistic or decorative purposes was performed in support the work of historians and restorers. The data were obtained using several different types of instrumental chemical methods (Thermogravimetry, Differential Thermal Analysis, X-ray Diffractometry and ICP Plasma Emission Spectroscopy) and have been summarised in short tables. The data have already proved useful in the identification of a small number of finds (statues or architectonic elements) from Ancient Rome (Imperial Age, 2nd-3nd cent. A.D.) for the purpose of which also a well-known pattern recognition analysis software package was used for data processing. In practice, the research showed that an organised set of chemical data obtained using several modern instrumental methods can provide a valid basis for the reasonably rapid and reliable identification of the type of marble used to make artistic artifacts that have not yet been subjected to typological study.
L Campanella; E Gregori; M Tomassetti; G Visco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annali di chimica     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0003-4592     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Chim     Publication Date:    2001 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-11     Completed Date:  2002-07-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610375     Medline TA:  Ann Chim     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  701-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università La Sapienza, P.le A. Moro, 5, 00185 Roma.
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MeSH Terms
Calcium Carbonate / chemistry*,  history
Differential Thermal Analysis
History, Ancient
Multivariate Analysis
Pattern Recognition, Automated
Sculpture / history*
X-Ray Diffraction
Reg. No./Substance:
471-34-1/Calcium Carbonate

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