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Tufa vs. tuffeau[edit]


I've started a discussion on WikiProject Geology about the difference between tufa and tuffeau. InverseHypercube (talk) 06:22, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

tuff and tufa, again[edit]

I get the importance of the distinctions made in the intro, but the fact of the matter is that tufa is regularly what they call "tuff" in the sources I use on Roman architecture. By definition (since scholars use it), this is not incorrect, but a different material called by the same name. If I were to slip and use "tufa" as my RS do, and link it, a reader who clicked would find this explanation insufficiently clarifying. Therefore, I would like to state more strongly that "tuff" can also be found called "tufa." Otherwise, a reader can end up making the error the article seeks to avoid: thinking the tufa of Roman architecture is the material described in the article tufa. For instance, Lawrence Richardson, A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), calls the building material used by the Romans tufa. Just as a sample, on a search from 1970 to the present, roman architecture tufa (note that there's even a period of architecture in Pompeii known as the 'tufa period': "This brilliant period of Pompeiian architecture…is known as the tufa period from the fine-grained, easily worked gray tufa, a volcanic dust hardened by water into rock, quarried in the vicinity of Nuceria"); roman engineering tufa; roman building tufa. Cynwolfe (talk) 23:03, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

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