Identification of materials and techniques used in ancient painted plaster from Marseille

Programme start: 2005

CICRP: Philippe Bromblet, Vincent Mercurio

Partnership(s): Municipal Archaeology Department, Heritage Workshop [Atelier du patrimoine], City of Marseille

For several years, fragments of ancient painted plasters found in the excavation sites of Marseille have systematically formed the object of in-depth analyses to determine the nature of the constituent materials (support and painted layers) as well as the production technique. The purpose of this research led in collaboration with archaeologists is to retrace the evolution of the painted decoration techniques used in the construction of the town since its foundation in the 6th century BC.


  • D’ovidio A.-M., Bromblet P., Mercurio V. and Vallet J.-M. (2010), ‘Etude des enduits peints trouvés sur les chantiers archéologiques de Marseille antique : premières analyses des matériaux et techniques’, in Minbar Ai Jamiaa, 20, Actes de la RIPAM 2, Marrakech, 2007, p. 243–253.
  • D’ovidio A.-M. and Bromblet Ph., ‘Ancient wall plasters found in archaeological excavations in Marseilles (France): evolution of techniques and materials’, Proceedings PRO78 of the 2nd Historic Mortars Conference HMC2010 and RILEM TC203-RHM Final Workshop, 2010, Prague, p. 119–127.
  • D’ovidio A.-M., Bromblet Ph., ‘Les enduits peints du site archéologiques du collège Vieux-port à Marseille (510-450 av.J.-C.) : étude des pigments’, in Les enduits peints en Gaule : approche croisée, 2012, p. 243–246 (31st RAE suppl.).