Hellenistic Mortar and Plaster from Contrada Mella near Oppido Mamertina (Calabria, Italy)

Corti, Cristina, Rampazzi, Laura and Visonà, Paolo (2016) Hellenistic Mortar and Plaster from Contrada Mella near Oppido Mamertina (Calabria, Italy). International Journal of Conservation Science (7). pp. 57-70. ISSN 2067-8223 [Article]

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Recent archaeological investigations conducted at contrada Mella, an alluvial terrace near Oppido Mamertina, in southwestern Calabria, have uncovered the remains of a town that was settled by the Tauriani, an Italic people, between the third and the first centuries BC. A unique deposit excavated in 1990 and 1992 yielded numerous fragments of mortar and painted plaster associated with Hellenistic pottery and other cultural materials. Chemical analyses of samples of these fragments, point to the use of aerial mortars with hematite and calcite as pigments. The characteristics of the mortar and painted plaster found at contrada Mella are comparable to those of similar materials from Locri Epizephyrii, the closest Greek city on the Ionian coast of Italy, and from Hellenistic sites in Calabria and Sicily. They provide new evidence for interior decoration from the houses of the Tauriani

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Corti, CristinaUNSPECIFIED
Rampazzi, Lauralaura.rampazzi@uninsubria.it
Visonà, PaoloUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Contrada Mella; Hellenistic; Tauriani; Mortar; Wall decoration; archaeological heritage; archaeological investigations; arcaheological remains; chemical analysis; Italy
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 05. History of archaeology
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 06. Analysis of materials
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 09. Archaeometry
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 28. Infra red analysis
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 34. Microanalysis
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 35. Mineralogical analysis
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 05. Europe
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Oppido Mamertina (Calabria, Italy)
Number: 7
ISSN: 2067-8223
Depositing User: dr Laura Rampazzi
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 12:41
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 12:41
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