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Radiogenic isotopes in the provenance determination of raw materials: A case of lead and glass recycling at Sagalassos (SW Turkey)

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The concept of recycling as a part of the process of artefact production is wellknown. It is shown here that the isotopic composition of architectural leadat ancient Sagalassos (SW Turkey) reflects a thorough mixing of resources byprogressive lead recycling throughout the history of the building of the city. Thelead processed at Sagalassos was derived from at least two distinct sources, butthe exact provenance of the raw material cannot be clearly determined. Secondaryproduction (reworking) of glass from imperial to early Byzantine times hasalso been demonstrated at the ancient city, in that the Sr isotope composition ofthe glass and the mixing lines indicate the production of “recycled” glass fromimported chunks. A Levantine origin is suggested for the blue chunks and anEgyptian origin for the HIMT chunks.
Tijdschrift: Journal of Nordic Archaeological Science
ISSN: 1650-1519
Volume: 16
Pagina's: 15 - 23
Jaar van publicatie:2009