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Provenance of chalk tesserae from Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, UK

By Alison Tasker, Ian P. Wilkinson, Michael G. Fulford and Mark Williams

Abstract

Thin section petrographical analysis of chalk tesserae at Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, England, identifies a range of planktonic foraminifera and the calcareous algal cyst Pithonella that identify the Late Cenomanian Rotalipora cushmani Biozone (BGS Foraminiferal Biozones 4iii to 7). The local chalk crop to the north of the villa includes rocks of R. cushmani Biozone age, and indicates a likely local, rather than long distance, source for the tesserae. Microfossils provide a powerful tool for identifying the provenance of artefacts in Roman Britai

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.05.003
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:16093

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