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Source Image: PR309_15_16 of Aphrodisias Quarries

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Description

Detail of quarry working in the so-called City Quarries near Aphrodisias.

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

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Quarrying
Tool
Pick
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
This channel between blocks was cut using a quarry pick. Most of the blocks being extracted in the quarries, to judge from the traces on the quarry-faces, were small and this fits well with what is visible on site, where few very large pieces of marble are found.

Notes

This is a detail of 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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