Original paper

Mosaic marble tesserae from the underwater archaeological site of Baia (Naples, Italy): determination of the provenance

Ricca, Michela; La Russa, Mauro Francesco; Ruffolo, Silvestro Antonio; Davidde, Barbara; Barca, Donatella; Crisci, Gino Mirocle

Abstract

This paper is focused on defining the geographic provenance of eight marble tesserae of archaeological interest used for the opus sectile floor slabs of the Villa con ingresso a protiro, located in the Roman underwater Archaeological Park of Baia (Naples, Italy). Geochemical, isotopic and petrographic data show that Carrara, Thasian and Docimium/Afyon marbles were used in manufacturing the mosaic constituting the floor slabs of the Roman Villa.

Keywords

archaeologyarchaeometrybaia - naplesc and o isotopesgeochemistrymosaic marble tesseraeroman villasr-isotopes