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Source Image: PR309_11_06 of Ardıçlı Quarries of Aphrodisias Quarries

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Description

Detail of a possible wedge hole 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
Wedge 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
This wedge hole has been carved with a point chisel.

2. Wedge holes

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Wedge
Description
This wedge hole would have held a metal or wooden wedge. In this case a wooden wedge seems most likely, which then would have been soaked with water and as it expanded split the rock. In this case the wedge was never actually employed.

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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