Analysis of two mortar samples from the ruined site of a Sasanian palace and Il-khānid caravanserai, Bisotun, Iran

Jonathan Kemp, John Hughes

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Abstract

Two mortar samples were collected from the ruins of the Sasanian Palace and Il-
Khānid Caravanserai at Bisotun to establish whether lime was used in their building and, given the sites’ heterogeneity, to make a basic evaluation of their research potential for understanding both production methods and usefulness for dating and correlation with the site’s different build phases. Standard polished thin sections at 30 microns were analysed using a polarising transmitted light microscope and an initial characterization of the historic mortars is reported discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfarin Nameh
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the Archaeology of Iran in Honour of Mehdi Rahbar
EditorsYousef Moradi
Place of PublicationTehran
PublisherThe Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Pages203-206
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9786008977872
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Lime mortar
  • Bisotun
  • Petrography
  • Lithology
  • Archaeology
  • Dating

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