Petrography, geochemistry and mineralogy of the Stonehenge sarsens: Digital data collection

Nash, David and Ciborowski, Jake and Salge, Tobias and Damaschke, Magret and Goderis, Steven (2021) Petrography, geochemistry and mineralogy of the Stonehenge sarsens: Digital data collection. [Data Collection]

Project Description

This dataset includes a suite of digital materials that, in combination, characterise the petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry of a sarsen upright (Stone 58) from the central trilithon horseshoe at Stonehenge. All digital materials are held by the Archaeology Data Service at (see link under Related Resources). The collection arises from work undertaken during the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust project “Geochemical fingerprinting the sarsen stones at Stonehenge” (Small Research Grant SG-170610), led by the University of Brighton. As part of the project, permission was granted by English Heritage to sample a section from one of three cores drilled through the full thickness of Stone 58 during conservation work in 1958. This core had been returned to the UK from Florida in 2018 by Mr Robert Phillips, an employee of Van Moppes (Diamond Tools) Ltd, Basingstoke, who had been at Stonehenge during the drilling work. Mr Phillips was granted permission by the Ministry of Works to retain the core on behalf of the company and was gifted it by Van Moppes on his retirement to the USA. This core – referred to as the Phillips’ Core – is now held in the English Heritage Collections Store at Temple Cloud (Bath, UK). The Phillips’ Core is 108cm long, has a 2.5cm diameter and is broken into six pieces ranging in length from 7 to 29cm. The digital materials within this collection result from the analysis of section 2-3 of the core, from 29 to 36cm along its length. Full details of sampling, analytical approaches and interpretation are provided in Nash et al. (2021), which can be accessed via the Related Resources.

Additional Information: Data hosted externally via Related Resources.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stonehenge; sicrete; sarsen; Neolithic; archaeology; geochemistry
Subjects: F Physical sciences > F420 Archaeological science
F Physical sciences > F600 Geology
F Physical sciences > F670 Geochemistry
V Historical & philosophical studies > V700 Heritage studies
Departments: School of Applied Sciences
Depositing User: David Nash
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 09:35
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 09:36
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