Articles | Volume 33, issue 2
Eur. J. Mineral., 33, 189–202, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/ejm-33-189-2021
Eur. J. Mineral., 33, 189–202, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/ejm-33-189-2021

Research article 21 Apr 2021

Research article | 21 Apr 2021

Crack-enhanced weathering in inscribed marble: a possible application in epigraphy

Stylianos Aspiotis et al.

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A Raman scattering study of authentic inscribed marble demonstrates that cracks formed during the engraving enhance the development of weathering-related products whose signals could be potentially used to improve the readability of an inscribed text affected by rock weathering. Comprehensive analyses of different marble inscriptions reveal the effect of the environmental conditions, inscription age, grain size, and letter colouring on the abundance and penetration depth of alteration products.