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Piedra Pajarilla: a candidacy as a global heritage stone resource for Martinamor granite

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Dolores Pereira
Dolores Pereira
Department of Geology, Universidad de Salamanca, Plaza de la Merced s/n, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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Ana Gimeno
Ana Gimeno
Laboratorio Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, La Calera 1, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain
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Santiago Del Barrio
Santiago Del Barrio
Laboratorio Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, La Calera 1, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

Piedra Pajarilla is the local name under which the Martinamor granite was known when it was quarried during the 19th century. It is a leucogranite of Hercynian age, and here we present its formal nomination as a ‘Global Heritage Stone Resource’. Piedra Pajarilla fits the proposed designation because it has been used for centuries in the construction of major historical and famous buildings in Salamanca, leading the city to being included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988. Piedra Pajarilla is no longer quarried, and this nomination will help to maintain the historical quarry for the restoration of the monuments if blocks need to be replaced.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones

D. Pereira
D. Pereira
University of Salamanca, Spain
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B. R. Marker
B. R. Marker
Independent Consultant, UK
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S. Kramar
S. Kramar
Slovenian National Building and CivilEngineering Institute, Slovenia
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B. J. Cooper
B. J. Cooper
University of South Australia, Australia
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B. E. Schouenborg
B. E. Schouenborg
Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden
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Geological Society of London
Volume
407
ISBN electronic:
9781862396951
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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