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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

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.