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Source Image: PR309_09_24 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
Hollowing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
Here two wedge holes have been carved out while one has only been roughly outlined with the point chisel. Clearly work was abandoned before all of the wedge holes had been prepared.

2. Wedge holes

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Wedge
Description
The aim here was to split the rock using this row of wedge holes and the row above these but work was abandoned before the wedges themselves were employed.

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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