The church of Santa Domenica, locally known as “Cuba”, represents a specific case where controversial chronological attributions have been proposed on the basis of documentary and/or architectural-stylistic criteria making the application of absolute dating methods necessary. The present paper reports the results obtained applying the TL dating technique to samples of terracotta taken from various parts of the structure. The results showed two phases, the first more ancient (VI-VII centuries AD), compatible with the construction of the Cuba, attributed to the Justinian period, while the second phase is placed between the IX and X centuries AD, the period in which eastern Sicily was under the end of the Byzantine domination before being conquered by the Arabs.

The church of Santa Domenica, locally known as “Cuba”, represents a specific case where controversial chronological attributions have been proposed on the basis of documentary and/or architectural-stylistic criteria making the application of absolute dating methods necessary. The present paper reports the results obtained applying the TL dating technique to samples of terracotta taken from various parts of the structure. The results showed two phases, the first more ancient (VI-VII centuries AD), compatible with the construction of the Cuba, attributed to the Justinian period, while the second phase is placed between the IX and X centuries AD, the period in which eastern Sicily was under the end of the Byzantine domination before being conquered by the Arabs.

Absolute dating of the Cuba of Santa Domenica (Messina, Italy)

GUELI, ANNA MARIA;STELLA, GIUSEPPE;MARGANI, GIUSEPPE;
2009

Abstract

The church of Santa Domenica, locally known as “Cuba”, represents a specific case where controversial chronological attributions have been proposed on the basis of documentary and/or architectural-stylistic criteria making the application of absolute dating methods necessary. The present paper reports the results obtained applying the TL dating technique to samples of terracotta taken from various parts of the structure. The results showed two phases, the first more ancient (VI-VII centuries AD), compatible with the construction of the Cuba, attributed to the Justinian period, while the second phase is placed between the IX and X centuries AD, the period in which eastern Sicily was under the end of the Byzantine domination before being conquered by the Arabs.
The church of Santa Domenica, locally known as “Cuba”, represents a specific case where controversial chronological attributions have been proposed on the basis of documentary and/or architectural-stylistic criteria making the application of absolute dating methods necessary. The present paper reports the results obtained applying the TL dating technique to samples of terracotta taken from various parts of the structure. The results showed two phases, the first more ancient (VI-VII centuries AD), compatible with the construction of the Cuba, attributed to the Justinian period, while the second phase is placed between the IX and X centuries AD, the period in which eastern Sicily was under the end of the Byzantine domination before being conquered by the Arabs.
Thermoluminescence.; Dosimetry/exposure assessment.; Crystal structure and defects, microstructure.
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