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Alabaster or Travertine vase from railway cutting near Grahamston, Falkirk
Alabaster or Travertine vase, imperfect, from railway cutting near Grahamston, Falkirk. Second part identified by F. J. Hunter (NMS) is possibly the base of the vessel and material identified by P. Davidson (NMS) as a calcite using the Mohs scale scratch test. The term alabaster can be used for calcites and gypsum but this is harder than gypsum and is therefore likely to be travertine. Source of this material is Mediterranean, such as Italy or Spain.
Grahamston, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, EUROPE
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