The present investigation focuses on some glass objects among those discovered in an area around the ancient city of Thugga in northern Tunisia, particularly flourishing during the Roman and Byzantine periods (1). The Late Roman-Byzantine time is not characterised by elaborate vessel shapes derived from precious metal prototypes, but rather by simpler multifunctional forms, as beakers, goblets, and dishes with similar features in the whole Mediterranean world. Also the glass composition seems to change between the 4th and the 5th century, turning to a yellowish-green or olive green colouration of the glass instead of the typical Roman blue-greenish colouration of earlier times. This new glass colouration varies further drastically in the 7th century, when a characteristic light blue-turquoise glass becomes the most widespread. A complete chemical characterization of these objects was carried out in a previous study (2) aimed to investigate the production technology including the chromophores responsible for the different shades. In the present work we have investigated the degradation and corrosion processes affecting some of these shards. It is worth to note that to ascertain the composition of the glass surfaces the analyses have been carried out by means of non-destructive techniques such as XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), SEM-EDX (scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analysis) and laser-ablation ICP-MS ((Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry).
|Titolo:||Study Of The Corrosion Processes On Roman And Byzantine Glasses From Northern Tunisia|
FERMO, PAOLA (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||5-giu-2018|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/01 - Chimica Analitica|
|Citazione:||Study Of The Corrosion Processes On Roman And Byzantine Glasses From Northern Tunisia / P. Fermo, M. Andreoli, D. Atzei, D. Barca, V. Comite, M. Fantauzzi, M.F. La Russa, A. Rossi. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Incontro di Spettroscopia Analitica tenutosi a Cagliari nel 2018.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|