Archaeometric study of Roman tesserae from Salamanca (Spain). Archaeology and geochemical analysis

Véronica Pérez de Dioz, Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Salamanca, Calle de Serranos, 37008 Salamanca, Spain, Mª de los Reyes de Soto García, Isabel de Soto García, Rosario García Giménez, Institute of Archaeology of Merida (IAM)-Spanish National Research Council- Junta de Extremadura- Plaza de España,15, 06800 Mérida (Badajoz), Spain, Department of Sciences, School of Agricultural Engineering, Public University of Navarre, Los Olivos Building, Campus Arrosadía, 31006 Pamplona, Spain, Departament of Geology and Geochemistry. Faculty of Science. Autonomous University of Madrid, Campus de Campoblanco C, Francisco Tomás y Valiente 7, Módulo 06, 28049 Madrid, Spain
2018 Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica  
In this study an analysis was made of 37 samples of tesserae of different shades and colours from Roman archaeological sites in the province of Salamanca (Spain), where pavements of opus tessellatum have been located. The tesserae were characterized by Mass Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Spectrometry, in order to determine their origin, composition and technique of manufacture. Results could reveal to us the local production of certain
more » ... of certain tesserae and the existence of a commercial network through the Via de la Plata and its main roads in the Iberian Peninsula. IANSA 2018 •
doi:10.24916/iansa.2018.1.3 fatcat:qzajxckynrec7dijdkx3pbekg4