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Source Image: PR309_11_07 of Ardıçlı Quarries of Aphrodisias Quarries

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Description

Pair of possible wedge holes 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
QuarryfaceWedge holes  
Collections
Aphrodisias  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Quarry-face

Process
Quarrying
Description
The quarrymen in this area were working with very fragmented rock where it was impossible to extract regularly shaped blocks. Instead they were simply splitting chunks of rock away wherever they could. The resulting small blocks were probably used for ordinary construction.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Hollowing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The lower wedge hole has been partially hollowed-out while the one at the top is slightly deeper.

2. Wedge holes

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Wedge
Description
These wedge holes were for splitting away the side of this block but for some reason were never put to use.

Notes

This detail is from one of the small quarries 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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