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Roman trade in white marble from Mani

A recent paper published in Archaeometry by Maniatis, Tambakopoulos, Lazzarini and Sturgeon suggests that a collection of three unique marble sculptures from Roman period Corinth were likely imported from Mani. While it was once thought that Mani stone was only of local importance, this study further confirms that Mani white marble was used beyond the southern Peloponnesian peninsula.  To learn more, read the early online publication at Maniatis, Y., Tambakopoulos, D, Lazzarini, L., and Sturgeon, M.C., 2001. Archaeometry. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12647


The Austrian Archaeological Institute and Austrian Academy of Sciences will be organizing ASMOSIA XIII in Vienna, Austria from September 20-24, 2021.  Please check back on the ASMOSIA site for updates and information.

Successful honorific conference for Isabel Rodà de Llanza

During the last 21st to 23rd November 2019, the international meeting “Barcino-Tarraco-Roma. Power and prestige in marble” was held in Barcelona to honor Isabel Rodà de Llanza for her long successful research career. She has recently retired from her teaching activities but continues as an emeritus at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and in the ICAC of Tarragona. With flawless scientific and logistic coordination carried out her students Diana Gorostidi and Anna Gutiérrez, the meeting was built around three sessions opened by the keynote lectures of three specialists: (I) Cities of marble (Prof. Simon Keay), (II) Words and images: the eternal message of marble (Prof. Antonio Sartori), and (III) The material of power (Prof. Patrizio Pensabene). Attendance was by both specialists on marble as well as amateurs Held at the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA), the meeting highlighted the great scientific and human quality developed by the honoree. Prof. Rodà de Llanza delighted those in attendance with a masterclass explaining the meaning of selected marble pieces in the Saturday’s morning guided session of the Museum’s collections.

ASMOSIA XI Proceedings from Split Now Available for Purchase

We wold like to inform you that ASMOSIA XI Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone. Proceedings of the XI International Conference of ASMOSIA, Split, 18–22 May 2015, (eds. Daniela Matetić Poljak, Katja Marasović), Arts Academy in Split,  Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split, Split 2018, has been published and that it is now possible to purchase it.

The price is 270 Euros + additional costs of delivery.

To order a book please send the mail on the e-mail address of the Arts Academy in Split:

Lamesa, A., Blanc, A., & Blanc, P, 2014

“Construire la ville, histoire urbaine de la pierre à bâtir, sous la direction de Jacqueline Lorenz, François Blary et Jean-Pierre Gély, Editions du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, CTHS Sciences 14, Paris 2014”

Les villes antiques témoignent d’une richesse édilitaire sans précédent. Malgré de nombreux monuments encore en élévation, rares sont ceux dont les placages de marbres sont encore visible in situ. A contrario, les églises de Sainte-Sophie et du Saint-Sauveur à Constantinople témoignent d’un goût affirmé des Byzantins pour les décorations architecturales en pierres marbrières, que l’on peut encore observer aujourd’hui. Cette continuité de l’intérêt pour décorer les monuments entre les périodes antique et médiévale a souvent été mentionnée. Cependant, une rupture nette entre les deux empires doit être soulignée. Elle se traduit par la disparition de certaines roches décoratives, au profit de nouvelles.
L’étude de quelques cités doit être l’occasion de mettre en avant cette rupture. L’utilisation du « grand antique des Pyrénées » au sein de ces deux monuments constantinopolitains est en cela exemplaire.

“Decorative stones in monuments of ancient cities and Constantinople”

Ancient cities show an unprecedented wealth of monuments. While many monuments still remain standing, few have their marble decorations in situ. In contrast, the churches of St. Sophia and St. Savior in Constantinople show the Byzantines’ strong taste for architectural decorations in decorative stones, which can be seen today. The continuity of this interest to decorate monuments between antiquity and the medieval period has often been observed. However, a clear break between the two empires should be underlined. It results in the loss of certain decorative rocks, in favor of new ones.
The study of some cities offers an opportunity to highlight this break. The use of the so-called “grand antique marble of the Pyrénées” in these two churches in Constantinople can be taken as an example.