Title: Radiogenic isotopes in the provenance determination of raw materials: A case of lead and glass recycling at Sagalassos (SW Turkey)
Authors: Degryse, Patrick ×
Schneider, Jens
Lauwers, Veerle
Waelkens, Marc
Muchez, Philippe #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Stockholms Universitet, Arkeologiska Forskningslaboratorium
Series Title: JONAS : Journal of Nordic Archeological Science vol:16 pages:15-23
Abstract: The concept of recycling as a part of the process of artefact production is well
known. It is shown here that the isotopic composition of architectural lead
at ancient Sagalassos (SW Turkey) reflects a thorough mixing of resources by
progressive lead recycling throughout the history of the building of the city. The
lead processed at Sagalassos was derived from at least two distinct sources, but
the exact provenance of the raw material cannot be clearly determined. Secondary
production (reworking) of glass from imperial to early Byzantine times has
also been demonstrated at the ancient city, in that the Sr isotope composition of
the glass and the mixing lines indicate the production of “recycled” glass from
imported chunks. A Levantine origin is suggested for the blue chunks and an
Egyptian origin for the HIMT chunks.
ISSN: 1650-1519
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Geology
Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project
Archaeology, Leuven
× corresponding author
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