TL dating and XRF clay provenance analysis of ancient brick at Cuicul Roman city, Algeria

  • Fayçal KharfiEmail author
  • Lahcen Boudraa
  • Imene Benabdelghani
  • Mahfoud Bououden


In this work, a terra-cotta brick collected from the famous archaeological Roman city Cuicul, Algeria, was successfully dated by thermoluminescence. The provenance of the fabrication material was also identified by X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF). The results obtained show that the brick was probably made in 198 A.D. This date is in good agreement with the history of the dated site and the neighborhood Caracalla arch edified in honour to Caracalla emperor (211–217 A.D.). The XRF study demonstrates that the raw clay used for the fabrication of the brick is local and well selected by the Roman builders.


Cuicul Archaeological dating Thermoluminescence Material provenance X-ray fluorescence 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Ferhat Abbas-Setif 1SetifAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratory of Dosing, Analysis and Characterization with High Resolution (DAC)SetifAlgeria
  3. 3.Nuclear Research Centre of BirineBirineAlgeria
  4. 4.National Public Museum of SetifSetifAlgeria

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