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Source Image: PR309_09_21 of Ardıçlı Quarries of Aphrodisias Quarries

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Description

Detail of quarry-face on Ardıçlı hill near Aphrodisias.

Monument
Aphrodisias Quarries 
Monument Part
Ardıçlı Quarries 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
circa bc 50 - circa ad 400 
Keywords
QuarryfaceWedge holes  
Collections
Aphrodisias  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Pick
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
Quarry pick marks are visible on the surface of the rock.

2. Guideline

Process
Laying-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
A point chiselled guideline runs across the rock-face between the wedge holes. This looks like it was probably done to assist in the laying out of the wedge holes.

3. Wedge holes

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Wedge
Description
The wedge holes have been cut but since there is no split in the rock it appears that work was abandoned before the wedges were employed. Since these wedge holes are large and rectangular and do not appear to be carved to a point they might have been made for wooden wedges rather than metal ones.

Notes

This is one of the more than seventy individual extraction points which constitute the so-called City Quarries at Aphrodisias, located roughly 2 km north of the city. White and grey marbles were quarried in this area.

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