A multi-technique approach for the characterization of Roman mural paintings

Francesco Toschi, Alessandra Paladini, Francesca Colosi, Patrizia Cafarelli, Veronica Valentini, Mauro Falconieri, Serena Gagliardi, Paola Santoro

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In the frame of an ongoing archeological study on the Sabina area, a countryside close to Rome, white and red samples of roman wall paintings have been investigated by combining X-ray diffraction and different spectroscopic methodologies, namely laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, μ-Raman and Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy. The used multi-technique approach has allowed the unambiguous identification of the red pigment as red ochre and has provided insight on the provenance of both the pigment and the material used for the realization of the wall paintings. The experimental results have confirmed some assumptions on the use of local materials in roman rural architecture. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291 - 296
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Toschi, F., Paladini, A., Colosi, F., Cafarelli, P., Valentini, V., Falconieri, M., ... Santoro, P. (2013). A multi-technique approach for the characterization of Roman mural paintings. Applied Surface Science, 284, 291 - 296. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2013.07.096