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Source Image: PR311_06_05 of Iscehisar Quarries: Miscellaneous Architecture

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Description

Roughed-out block in the Bacakale Quarry, Iscehisar.

Monument
Iscehisar Quarries: Miscellaneous Architecture 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Dokimeian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
circa bc 50 - circa ad 300 
Keywords
InscriptionRoughed-out Object  
Collections
Iscehisar  

Location

Original Location
Iscehisar 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Medium
Description
This block has been roughed-out with the point chisel. It is stepped so that a maximum number of panels for revetment or flooring can be sawn from it; this was the most effective way of maximising the useable volume of a block along its irregular sides.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Lettering
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
An inscription has been carved on the end of this block. This is an accounting inscription of the sort common at this quarry and allowed the authorities supervising work to keep track of who had quarried what.

Notes

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). Numerous roughed-out blocks were found during the removal of ancient spoil as part of modern quarrying activity on the site.

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