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Monuments: Aphrodisias: Sculptor's Workshop

The Sculptor's Workshop at Aphrodisias consists of a suite of small rooms immediately behind the Bouleuterion. When it was excavated in the 1960s a range of part-finished statues were found, as well as some second-hand items that were being repaired. Carving tools and signs of marble-working were also discovered. To judge from these finds, and the coins from these rooms, this workshop was in operation between the Severan period and the 4th or 5th centuries AD. It has also been proposed, however, that rather than a workshop in the traditional sense this space might have been used for storing and altering statues, some of which had already been in use elsewhere in the city. More

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Smith, R. R. R. (2011). ‘Marble workshops at Aphrodisias’, in F. D'Andria and I. Romeo (eds). Roman sculpture in Asia Minor: proceedings of the International conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Italian excavations at Hierapolis in Phrygia, held on May 24-26, 2007, in Cavallino (Lecce) (Journal of Roman Archaeology supplementary series 80). Portsmouth RI: 62–76.

Voorhis, J. A. van (2012). ‘The working and re-working of marble sculpture at the sculptor's workshop at Aphrodisias’, in B. Poulsen and T. M. Kristensen (eds). Ateliers and artisans in Roman art and archaeology (Journal of Roman Archaeology supplementary series 92). Portsmourth RI: 38–54.

Voorhis, J. A. van (forthcoming). The sculptor’s workshop at Aphrodisias (Aphrodisias 5). Mainz.

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