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A spectroscopic study of Punic-Hellenistic polychromy on wall paintings at the Lilybaeum archaeological site

Published inMaterials letters, vol. 349, 134791
Publication date2023-06
Abstract

An integrated spectroscopic study of painted plaster fragments of the Punic-Hellenistic period (4th-1st century BCE) from the Lilybaeum archaeological site in Sicily is presented. Elemental and molecular composition of the painted wall fragments is obtained via ED-XRF and FTIR spectroscopies. This study is the first ever performed on finds from Lilybaeum urban area. A wide colour palette is identified examining a significant set of 14 polychrome wall plaster fragments. Hematite, orpiment, massicot, green earths, Egyptian blue, and manganese black are discovered. Based on interdisciplinarity, this work spans from chemistry/physics to archaeology through the interpretation of the spectroscopic results in the ancient Mediterranean context. The methodological approach used may be extended to other similar projects.

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Keywords
  • Polychromie
  • Plâtres
  • Lilybaeum
  • Période punique-hellénistique
  • XRF
  • FTIR
  • Archéologie classique
  • Sicile
  • Peinture murale
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ALBERTIN, F. et al. A spectroscopic study of Punic-Hellenistic polychromy on wall paintings at the Lilybaeum archaeological site. In: Materials letters, 2023, vol. 349, p. 134791. doi: 10.1016/j.matlet.2023.134791
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