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Source Image: PR311_05_15 of Iscehisar Quarries: Sarcophagi

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Description

Roughed-out fragment of a sarcophagus from the Bacakale Quarry, Iscehisar.

Monument
Iscehisar Quarries: Sarcophagi 
Monument Type
Sarcophagus 
Material(s)
Dokimeian marble (Archaeometric identification)  
Date
ad 150 - ad 275 
Keywords
Roughed-out Object  
Collections
Iscehisar  

Location

Original Location
Iscehisar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Hard
Description
The right side of this fragment is roughed-out as a socle for a sarcophagus chest.

Notes

This roughed-out object was found during the removal of ancient spoil as part of modern quarrying activity on the site. The Bacakale Quarry is the largest quarry at Iscehisar (ancient Dokimeion) and the focus of modern activity. Both white and coloured marble are extracted here, the latter a white-cream breccia with purple veins (pavonazzetto). The elaborate colonnaded sarcophagi known as 'Asiatic' sarcophagi were usually carved in Dokimeian white marble and this fragment probably comes from the socle of one of these pieces. It is roughed-out, like the lids which also been found in the quarries.

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