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Source Image: PR309_10_14 of Ardıçlı Quarries of Aphrodisias Quarries

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Description

Detail of a roughed-out object in a quarry 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
Roughed-out Object  
Collections
Aphrodisias  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
This rounded object, presumably either a column drum or base, was partially roughed-out while still attached to the rock-face. This is a common technique for rounded elements, especially column shafts, which enabled the quarrymen to identifying any faults in the stone before the whole object was quarried. In this case a crack in the stone did reveal itself and led to the halting of work.

Notes

This object is from 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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