A light gray or brown volcanic Tuff with small black pieces of Basalt. Peperino stone is quarried at Marino near Lake Albanus in Italy and it was used from ancient times for sarcophagi, monuments, and buildings in Rome. The name is from the resemblance of the black inclusion to peppercorns.
Synonyms and Related Terms
lapis albanus; lapis gabinus; peperine
Resources and Citations
- Frank A. Lent, Trade names and Descriptions of Marbles, Limestones, Sandstones, Granites and Other Building Stones Quarried in the United States Canada and other Countries., Stone Publishing Co, New York, 1925
- Olympus Microscopy Resource Center at http://www.olympusmicro.com/galleries/polarizedlight/pages/peperinotuffsmall.html (Accessed Sept. 17, 2005)
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peperino (Accessed Nov. 9, 2005)