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The main lithoid material origin of the Temple of Hercules in San Marco d'Alunzio (Sicily, Italy)

Saccà, Carmelo and Saccà, Domenica and Nucera, Preziosa and De Fazio, Anna and De Maria, Massimo and Somma, Roberta (2007) The main lithoid material origin of the Temple of Hercules in San Marco d'Alunzio (Sicily, Italy). Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti, Classe di Scienze FF.MM.NN, LXXXV. ISSN 1825-1242


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This study compares four samples of travertine collected in the lithoid material of the Temple of Hercules (III-IV century B.C.) in San Marco dÂ’Alunzio (Messina) and other four samples of the same lithotype collected in an outcrop found in the surroundings of Alcara Li Fusi (Messina). Analyses on sedimentary petrology, paleontology, XRay
diffraction and infrared spectroscopy have been carried out on both series of samples.
Chemical analyses, for the determination of the major and trace elements, were carried out too. Sedimentary petrology and paleontological studies have indicated that all samples
consist of Quaternary soft and porous organic limestones with plant remains, formed in wet and warm zones. X-ray diffraction analyses have shown that studied travertines are
prevalently made up of calcite. Infrared spectroscopy studies also showed small quantities of kaolinite and dolomite. Chemical analyses have confirmed the compositional homogeneity among the different samples. Data, as a whole, allow us to hypothesize that the
travertines used to build the Temple of Hercules were extracted in the surroundings areas of Alcara Li Fusi, in ancient open quarries set up in Quaternary travertines.

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: M.U.S. - Contributi Scientifici > 04 - Scienze della terra
M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali
Depositing User: Mr Nunzio Femminò
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2010 11:17

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