The present contribution is concerned with the archaeometric study of underwater Dressel 1 amphoraerecovered from a late-Republican shipwreck, identified in 1986 near the island of Ponza (Italy). The studyaims to identify the production area of investigated amphorae (now assumed to be localized in the Latial/Campanian area) and, therefore, verify the archaeological hypothesis on the trade route of the ship. Forthis purpose, an innovative analytical approach based on in situ geochemical investigations of clinopyroxenecrystals occurring within the aplastic inclusions of examined amphorae, has been used. Such anapproach, recently proposed and successfully tested by some authors only for major elements, has beenimplemented with extension of the investigation to trace elements through laser ablation-inductivelycoupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses. Obtained data suggest the Latial area as themost reasonable for provenance of the studied amphorae, casting new lights on some initial assumptionsformulated on the basis of archaeological considerations.

A TRACE ELEMENT STUDY FOR THE PROVENANCE ATTRIBUTION OF CERAMIC ARTEFACTS: THE CASE OF DRESSEL 1 AMPHORAE FROM A LATE-REPUBLICAN SHIP

LA RUSSA, Mauro Francesco;BARCA, Donatella;Ruffolo S. A.;
2014-01-01

Abstract

The present contribution is concerned with the archaeometric study of underwater Dressel 1 amphoraerecovered from a late-Republican shipwreck, identified in 1986 near the island of Ponza (Italy). The studyaims to identify the production area of investigated amphorae (now assumed to be localized in the Latial/Campanian area) and, therefore, verify the archaeological hypothesis on the trade route of the ship. Forthis purpose, an innovative analytical approach based on in situ geochemical investigations of clinopyroxenecrystals occurring within the aplastic inclusions of examined amphorae, has been used. Such anapproach, recently proposed and successfully tested by some authors only for major elements, has beenimplemented with extension of the investigation to trace elements through laser ablation-inductivelycoupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses. Obtained data suggest the Latial area as themost reasonable for provenance of the studied amphorae, casting new lights on some initial assumptionsformulated on the basis of archaeological considerations.
2014
underwater amphorae; pyroxenes crystals; trace elements
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